By Alexandra Burlacu | May 24, 2013 03:05 PM EDT
Hisense just announced its new, Walmart-exclusive line of tablets, the Sero 7 LT and Pro, which boast very attractive price tags starting at just $99.
Getting a tablet is a matter of budget for many, as price is a very important factor for any product. The Google Nexus 7 tablet proved very popular because it sported an affordable price tag, but Hisense aims to challenge that and set the bar even lower in terms of pricing with its new Sero 7 tablets.
"Hisense is proud to introduce cutting-edge tablet technology that is accessible to the broadest demographic, with unmatched performance in the current market landscape," Jonathan Frank, Vice President of Marketing at Hisense USA touts in the press release. "Our new Hisense Sero 7 tablets provide Walmart customers with an attractive, robust and highly powerful entertainment, communication and productivity tool."
Hisense's new Sero 7 slates are not about innovation or top-notch specs, they're all about being cheap. The company does promise, however, that the Sero 7 will feature better-than-average screen brightness and battery life.
Both tablets are Google-certified and sport Hisense's smart remote software, which means they work with Hisense TVs over a local network.
The Sero 7 LT is a 7-inch Android slate with a dual-core CPU clocked at 1.6GHz, an IPS display with a 1,024 x 600 pixel resolution and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software. It packs 4GB of internal storage but features a micro SD card slot for additional memory of up to 32GB. The slate also has micro USB, mini HDMI and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. Battery life rests at around four hours, but the price tag is the real star here: the Sero 7 LT costs just $99.
The Sero 7 Pro, meanwhile, is a bit more advanced. It ships with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, has a 7-inch display with a 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution, a quad-core Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.3GHz and 8GB of internal storage. This slate has a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter, mini HDMI, micro USB, micro SD card slot, NFC, Bluetooth 3.0+EDR, 1GB of RAM and a claimed battery life of 7 to 10 hours. The Hisense Sero 7 Pro tablet costs $149.
In other words, the Sero 7 Pro sounds very similar to the Google Nexus 7, but it's $50 cheaper, has a mini HDMI port and a micro SD card slot for additional memory. The Nexus 7 faced some criticism over its lack of storage expansion options. On the other hand, the Nexus 7 does come with 16GB of storage for its $200 price.
The new Sero 7 LT and Sero 7 Pro Android tablets will become exclusively available at Walmart starting May 24.
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