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Hisense Launches $149 Nexus 7 Clone Tablet

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Hisense entered the tablet market with the Sero 7 series, exclusively at Walmart.

Hisense finally entered the tablet market on Thursday with the launch of its Sero 7 Series, two tablets that are Walmart exclusives and aimed at consumers wanting quality and performance at a reasonable price. The Hisense Sero 7 PRO ($149) and the Sero 7 LT ($99) are available in Walmart stores now, and will arrive on Walmart.com on May 24.

"Hisense is proud to introduce cutting-edge tablet technology that is accessible to the broadest demographic, with unmatched performance in the current market landscape,” said Jonathan Frank, Vice President of Marketing, Hisense USA. "Our new Hisense Sero 7 tablets provide Walmart customers with an attractive, robust and highly powerful entertainment, communication and productivity tool."

The Hisense Sero 7 PRO is nearly a clone of Google's Nexus 7 tablet, sporting a Tegra 3 quad-core SoC clocked at 1.3 GHz, a 7-inch HD IPS touchscreen with a 1280 x 800 resolution, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. It also features a 2MP camera on the front, a 5MP camera on the back, NFC and Bluetooth 3.0+EDR. Although the internal storage is meager, the tablet has the upper hand over the Nexus 7 offering mini-HDMI output and an SD card slot for added storage.

Although the product page isn't live as of this writing, the tablet also promises a 10-hour battery life (400mAh), and Twonky Beam, which allows users to share local and Internet resources with other equipment via a DLNA network. The tablet connects to the local network via Wireless N, and the OS of choice is Android 4.2.x "Jelly Bean" which appears to be unaltered. The overall dimensions are 7.9 x 5 x 0.43 inches.

As for the cheaper Sero 7 LT, the specs are less detailed, showing a 7-inch screen with a 1024 x 600 resolution, a dual-core SoC clocked at 1.6 GHz (Rockchip RK3066?), 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, and an SD card slot for added capacity. Other features include mini-HDMI output, micro-USB ports, Wireless N connectivity, a 0.3MP camera on the front, a 3400mAh battery, and Android 4.1.x "Jelly Bean". The overall size is 7.9 x 4.8 x 0.41 inches.

The Hisense Sero 7 tablets come preinstalled with VUDU, walmart.com, sams.com, Nook eReader, Pandora Internet Music, Facebook and Nvidia’s TegraZone applications. They're also Google Play certified, meaning users have access to Google's services like Gmail, Google Maps and so on.

"Today's announcement from Hisense underscores our commitment to give customers access to a range of high-quality tablets at low prices," said Kevin O'Connor, vice president and general merchandising manager of electronics for Walmart U.S. "This is just one example of how we are working with leading technology companies to expand our current assortment of brand-name tablets, as well as bring to market new products that deliver on quality and price."

When launched, the Hisense tablets will be found at Walmart online here.

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    Azn Cracker , May 23, 2013 8:52 PM
    why get this... you can get the nexus 7 for only a little more. $200 for 16gb vs $150 for 8gb
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    icedeocampo , May 23, 2013 11:57 PM
    I think it should be 4000mAh
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    icemunk , May 24, 2013 3:19 AM
    Not too shabby, I like these low cost tablets.. I bought my mom, and niece one at christmas. Keep em coming!
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    spentshells , May 24, 2013 5:58 AM
    I will be buying this
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    tomaz99 , May 24, 2013 8:56 AM
    Really not that great...a $50 savings for 8 GB less...for a non-premium maker.
    $50 is the surcharge you have to pay to go from 16 to 32GB on the Nexus 7...this is the OLD Nexus 7 set to be replaced in a month or so.
    The only saving grace is the SD card slot.
    Still it is cheap at $150...but I see buying this then looking again by xmas for something else.
    It's like tissue...if you have to use two cheap ones for it to be useful...you might as well buy the higher quality one.
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    spentshells , May 24, 2013 9:00 AM
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    Really not that great...a $50 savings for 8 GB less...for a non-premium maker.
    $50 is the surcharge you have to pay to go from 16 to 32GB on the Nexus 7...this is the OLD Nexus 7 set to be replaced in a month or so.
    The only saving grace is the SD card slot.
    Still it is cheap at $150...but I see buying this then looking again by xmas for something else.
    It's like tissue...if you have to use two cheap ones for it to be useful...you might as well buy the higher quality one.


    HDMI out and mem card slot and a savings of 50 dollars is not a good deal? More features for less money and the same hardware Im confused by your opinion.
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    tomskent , May 24, 2013 11:57 AM
    No GPS!? that would of made it perfect.
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    Michael Deason , May 24, 2013 1:25 PM
    Picked this up early this morning and i love it! Great tablet for the price.
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    THW3 , May 24, 2013 3:11 PM
    Don't buy this brand. I speak from experience. Our family bought three of HiSense HDTV's Christmas of last year and the first only failed within a month, the second one in four months and one went out immediately and returned the next day. Should have returned them all at the time. HiSense also makes any warranty repair a huge hassle. I gave up and have two not working TV's sitting in the garage.
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    Phil Williamson , May 24, 2013 10:13 PM
    This isn't a Nexus 7 clone, It's just another 7" table.
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    John Mangus , May 27, 2013 12:21 PM
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    No GPS!? that would of made it perfect.


    The pro7 has gps and usb tethering. Also, uses sdhc cards.