Tablet priced under $100 at Walmart
The HiSense Sero 7 LT features a 7 inch screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600, and a dual-core 1.2GHz processor is under the hood. 1GB of RAM is aboard while 4GB of native storage is inside the slab. A microSD slot allows you to expand the storage, and the front-facing camera weighs in at .3MP. There is also a micro HDMI slot available.
At $99, you're obviously not getting a top-shelf device and the battery apparently lasts only 4 hours. If you want to step up a bit, the $150 Sero 7 Pro tablet offers a higher 1280 x 800 resolution, a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and 8GB of storage. A 10 hour battery is included along with Android 4.2. With similar specs as the Google Nexus 7, but with half the storage, the Sero 7 Pro is equipped with a microSD slot, HDMI support, a 5MP rear camera and support for NFC.
The tablet market is becoming one that should fascinate billionaire Warren Buffet. Buffet always advocates for the razor and blade market. Sell tablets for low or no profits and make the cash by selling apps, content and storage. It's a model that has worked for Amazon, and to a lessor extent, Google. That means prices will continue to drop in the tablet sector with $99 soon to be the next $199.
4. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 368; Member since: 07 May 2012)
it's a low end tablet for those who want it or can't afford the more expensive tablets.
if you don't want it shut up,it's good that manufacturers are realising that a tablet doesn't have to be expensive because it has decent specs.
it's people like you who will pay $500 for something that offers the same performance and sometimes quality for a price $350 lower
23. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
I do have a chinese 7' tab that goes for less than $100, which a friend gave one to me (he's in a big gadget business selling all kinds of stuff from authentic smartphones to china products), and it has far better specs (Duo core 1.6GHz rockchip, Mali400 GPU, and 8Gb of expandable storage; same 1024 X 600 screen) and better battery life (up to 6 hours) than this with stock Jellybean.
Screen is mediocre (especially sunlight legibility) and performance is below average. Chrome just lags and even crashes if i exceed 4-5 tabs all with desktop sites. Putting that issue aside, the 4 hour battery life alone makes you an idiot for buying this tablet when there are better options out there at the same price point, if $100 is all you are willing to spend on a tab. It only ends up as a reminder/alarm tool which i clamp to my work table. Im waiting for 8 incher windows 8 tablets with at least 8 hours of battery average, for better productivity.
In fact $50-$100 tablets are very common in Asia.
6. imkyle (Posts: 1030; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
It has android 4.2 stock, NFC, dual cameras, quad core processor and a good one at that, plus Google Certified. Sounds like a damn good deal to me for $150.
25. ITEngineer (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)
take out NFC and dual camera, sounds more like the NEXUS 7.
I have one and it's fantastic, my kids play on it all day on vacations, and gets the latest updates immediately from google.
27. imkyle (Posts: 1030; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
This is $50 cheaper and you get the faster Tegra 3 processor plus dual band wifi.
10. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
cheap powerful good for kids at that price
2. daddysbeenabadgirl (Posts: 157; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)
Because people some people dont have a lot of money, need the latest/greatest and have basic needs such as internet, games, email and books. Or maybe something cheap that keeps the kids quiet.
3. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4749; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
The old saying "you get what you pay for" applies heavily here.
5. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3043; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Don't you wish you could say the same about Apple products? lol You pay WAY more than what you get.
17. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4749; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
I rather pay more for quality and for an OS that just works over something that won't last and running outdated software that will probably never see an update.
18. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3043; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
The SGS2 started on Gingerbread, to ICS, and now to Jellybean and still runs very smooth, it has had a great lifespan.
Samsung is already working on Jelly Bean 4.2.2 with the SGS3. Which is the current latest version of Android.
If HTC, Samsung, Motorola, and LG have just released one device and one device only. It would be extremely easy to update.
However Android is about options and a device for everybody. Even mid range/low end devices and coming out with Jelly Bean and all run very well.
You need to stop living in 2007 and get with the program.
20. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
He's just a Fangirl. He sticks by Apple, no matter what. He'll end up being the only person on earth using an iPhone.
24. semipro1337 (Posts: 67; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)
He's one of those people that was programmed in reverse. Just flip everything he says and that's really what he meant.
8. FlushGordon (unregistered)
Any Tegra 3 device should be priced lower than $100
11. bachir8k (Posts: 103; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
I bought a low end 7" tablet for my 6 months baby for 85$ (because he's always attracted to my phone and want to bite it), I added his favorite songs and videos, and he is using it as his favorite teething toy that plays videos and music, now he is 10 months old and i installed a learning app that teach him the human body, colors, animals etc., and soon i will install for him "World at arms" :p
13. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3043; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
This is a great device for a child, young teen, or elderly. Something that won't break the bank while you still get most of the core experience.
I know a lot of people who won't get a Kindle tablet because of the Amazon UI over it. Some people want a google experience tablet that won't cost an arm and leg.
14. imkyle (Posts: 1030; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
I just got the Pro for $149 and it has the faster Tegra 3 clocked at 1.4gHz and to be honest, this is just as good as the Nexus 7.
22. imkyle (Posts: 1030; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
And the question many people have including myself is this.. will these get updates? Will Hisense want to upgrade to 4.2.2 or 4.3 or at least provide updates to improve on the device's software? Hopefully they do because this is impressive for $149.