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SmartQ U7 is a 7-inch tablet with a built-in 35-lumen projector

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SmartQ U7 is a 7-inch tablet with a built-in 35-lumen projector
Here is one device that will surprise you - it comes from China, it is a 7-inch tablet, but what makes it unique is a built-in 35-lumen DLP projector. The device is called the SmartQ U7 and having the ability to project 50-inch movies from your tablet, definitely puts it instantly in our wishlist. All of that comes in two versions: an 8GB one for $319 (the SmartQ U7), and a 16GB version for $399 (the SmartQ U7H).

What makes the two versions different is also the processor. The cheaper 8 gig one runs on a TI OMAP 4430, the same one Motorola used on the Droid RAZR, while the 16GB one features a TI OMAP 4460, the very same processor Samsung used on the Galaxy Nexus. Best of all, both tablets come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on board, which should guarantee flaw-less performance.

SmartQ U7 is a 7-inch tablet with a built-in 35-lumen projector
All the rest of the specs are pretty standard, and you can find them right below, but obviously the big focus is the projector. Having it built-in means that you get a slight hump on the back of the tablet. Interestingly enough, activating it is as easy as flipping a switch. 

You can also press a dedicated standby button while the projector is running and that would turn off the screen, but keep the projection active. Overall, you can expect around 4 hours of projection until the battery drains out, and that sounds solid.

The only other similar device we can compare the SmartQ U7 with is the Samsung Galaxy Beam, a 4-inch phone with a 15-lumen built-in projector. The difference is definitely huge when you compare the brightness of the two. 35-lumen is far from ideal, but makes for a much more discernible image in semi-dark rooms.

Spec highlights:

  • 7 inch, 1024 X 600 pixels capacitive touchscreen
  • 35-lumen, 854×480 DLP projector
  • 1GB RAM
  • Micro SD card slot, up to 32GB
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • HDMI output
  • Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 2MP front, 2MP back camera
  • 4,800mAh battery, lasts 4 hours for projection
  • Dimensions: 200.3×116.2×11.0~14.4mm, 360g

The only thing that could stop you from buying this device is the fact that you’d either need to shop for it on eBay where prices are a bit higher, or have to ship it from China and pay for courier fees. Nonetheless, it’s pretty unique. 

Check out more details about it at the source below, and let us know what do you think about the idea of having a built-in projector inside a tablet, does it make sense?

source: Android Authority

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posted on 09 Nov 2012, 07:40

1. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)

wow...looks good and innovation (even though the galaxy beam is the 1stt one) i want one! hope it will be available in the philippines! :)

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 15:20

5. Itzatlas (Posts: 37; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)

The LG eXpo had a detachable projector and was released in December 2009. Idk if it was the first with a projector though :P http://www.phonearena.com/phones/LG-eXpo_id4268

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 08:15 1

2. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1035; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

4 hours during projecting is a really good battery life. Those things suck power like crazy.

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 09:35

3. mydi.maus (unregistered)

it will suck up the battery with projector use. should put 9,000mah batt..

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 09:38

4. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)

Tech that I really need for productivity and entertainment for better view. What hold me is because it its china brand that I don't know

posted on 09 Nov 2012, 20:00

6. Twisted247 (Posts: 282; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)

Very cool feature I remember them releasing a projector that you could attach to a phone a couple years back and advertised it with one of the big movies at the time avatar or something. Always thought it was a great idea. I think they should offer this option as an accessory, that way it won't push away potential buyers cause adding this can sometimes as pictured above mess with the form of the product which is a HUGE deciding factor for many. Still very cool though. I agree with the poster above soshi the one big factor that would hold me back is that it comes from China.

Although doesnt the Oppo Finder 5 come from China?(albeit probably a more reputable manufacturer but I would definitely five the Oppo 5 a chance if it came to the states.)

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