SmartQ X7 rights the Nexus 7 wrongs for $250, plus $20 shipping

SmartQ X7 rights the Nexus 7 wrongs for $250, plus $20 shipping
Nice gadgets are coming out of China lately, and we don't only mean the big brands assembling their pet projects there. Consider the Xiaomi Mi-Two, or the Oppo Find 5, and now a tablet joins the ranks.

SmartQ X7 is a 7-incher with a price tag $50 above the Nexus 7, but righting some wrongs of Google's signature affordable slate. It has the same 1280x800 screen resolution as the Nexus 7 but a beefed up OMAP4470 dual-core processor, humming at 1.5 GHz. 

Not only that, but the SmartQ X7 comes with 2 GB of RAM, and the all-important microSD slot for further storage expansion if needed, unlike the Nexus 7. It also adds HDMI-out port, a rear camera, FM transmitter, and doubles the Nexus 7 storage amount to 16 GB from the onset.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean runs the show, whereas with the Nexus 7 we already have the latest Android 4.2, but the rest of the spec differences surely warrant fifty bucks more. It is available in China as we speak and is 9.5mm thin, weighing slightly less than Google's tablet. SmartQ is seemingly on a roll, as it recently also launched the first tablet with built-in 35 lumen pico projector, the U7.

Shipping to the US will run you another $20-$28, depending whether you want it express or regular mail, but, of course, the warranty situation will be murkier this side of the pond.



1. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Yes. Some products are really awesome.

10. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

yup the Chinese are bringing it in a big way but the Nexus 7 aint really wrong for its matter what and with the advent of cloud storage and suitable infrastructure sd cards are eventually going to disaapear. Google is innovative so it has started taking these steps...thats all

14. andropos

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

I really hopeyou are wrong, i dont want to give up all my digital life to the cloud and end up paying more for all the services that i have to use cos i have no SD card slot. Also you forget all the countries that do not have the infrastructure. And the whole Apple business model Google is now getting into, ( lock-in-user-and-suck-your-cradit-card-little-by-l​ittle ) is the reason no.1 i would never buy one.

19. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

I wish I was too :) but i am not... I work in this field and I know for a fact that physical storage is going to diminish slowly by follows a certain path of evolution and physical storage has almost reached its prime. If you want devices in the future which are as thin as paper or lets say for example Irom Man-style tech with the 3d crap floating in air you cant have that much of a hardware in your hands itherwise the experience doesn'tt exist :) hardware has to go minimum.....the infrastructure is there the problem is adapting to it but people are getting there. and the whole apple business model is different from cloud. Apple does suck but it sucks your credit card with overpriced crap no one really carees about. in future cloud wont be just cant be or else it'll cease to exist.Amazon has a very smart take making tablets at $30 profit margins but roping in customers with good web services. Apple just charges premium for everythin thats not what Google is getting into. I amgine if all smartphone/tablet/pc/laptops start using cloud companiees could give away cloud services for as low as $0.99 cents per month to all users but only if it was mandatory with every device and it soon will be....give it around tthree years...not that long :)

20. andropos

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Well if you are right, then there is a market for Chinese brands like SmartQ cos there will always be ppl who do not want to follow the crowd and use the latest of the latest cos some blog or ad told them they really need it. Cos its 0.99 or even free does not mean you wont get charged more then you wished you where. Hell, im still using Win XP, on not on Facebook i store my own files and i can still enjoy the same content and technology as evryone else. What you are predicting may very well happen in US, but it wont heppen every in the wrold and thanks god fo taht. I dont mind paying for my hardware to say away from so called free services. Thats why im arguing that buying a tablet like X7 is actaully giving you more freedom then the lock in user Apple/Google/Amazon model.

21. andropos

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Btw, you say: I wish I was too :) but i am not... Well if you really wish you could change that, we the users are the one who in the end have the power to decide what and how we use the new techology, the decision is in your hands. Maybe Freedombox will save the Internet once day.

2. djpashka

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 13, 2011

Looks like Google Nexus 7 killer.

3. Aeires unregistered

I'll stick with my beefed up quad core N7 that gets updates directly from Google.

4. Lawliet

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

I think we should just keep to Nexus for better support.

9. TalkingTechy

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

+1 to you Further, "yay" that this device has Android 4.1, but the Nexus already has 4.2, and the Nexus will be the first tablet to get 4.3, and 5.0, etc. Who knows if the SmartQ X7 will ever get 4.2?

15. andropos

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

I think we should have a healthy competition and support all kind of devices, not only from Google.

5. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I don't really think that changing a Tegra 3 for an OMAP4470 can be called "beefed up", it's more like "downgraded to" as the Tegra 3 is in general more powerful.

13. andropos

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Well OMAP4470 with 2GB RAM preforms in many ways much better then Tegra 3 (not in 3D gaming). For gaming Tegra 3, if games are not your main reason to buy a tablet OMAP4470. See me X7 review to see the real differerence.

22. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Not only gaming, the OMAP4470 is a dual core A9 and the Tegra a quadcore A9, so it´s worse both in GPU and CPU. And it´s built in 45nm while the Tegra is in 40nm with an extra A7 core to lower power cosumtion, so the OMAP also consumes more battery. There is really no advantage over the Tegra, they are using it just because it´s cheaper. What has the 2GB or RAM has to do with anything? You can also create a tablet with Tegra and 2GB, my complain was that they were calling changing the chipset an improvement, which is obviously not.

23. andropos

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Another not so intelligent comment. You must be one of those who only care about numbers on white paper and TV ads, instead of real life experience. Compared to you i have actually had both devices in hand i can therefore say from my own experience, and to be honest i dont care how many cores and mn a device has as long things work better for me its a better device. You have right on one point, 3d games optimized for Tegra will always work better then any other solution. However i found that more games, including some 3D games are supported by OMAP compared to Tegra. See my battery test to see how much better X7 preforms in real life, not advertised numbers. If you never experienced 2GB tablet with high-end CPU then you have no idea how much it will improve the overall experience. I agree that common user sould stick to the mainstream devices, but if anyone care for better hardware for less and more control over your digital life, go for X7. Its like with Apple fans, they will never try something else cos that are too comfortable. The one who never try will never learn.

6. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

I would buy this for £100-£120 otherwise I would just stick with the nexus

7. yonith

Posts: 228; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

I would rather get the Nook HD for $200 and wait until it gets hacked.

8. TalkingTechy

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Actually you get HALF as much flash storage compared to the Nexus at that price (not double). The 8GB Nexus 7 is gone from existence...the 16GB Nexus 7 is $199, while the 32GB Nexus 7 is $249.

16. andropos

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Same misleading info as 6 months ago, the price you talk about is only for US. You need to spend at least 50USD more as the adveristed price if you live anywhere on the planet outside US.

18. andropos

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

UPDATE 8GB version goes for $243.88 at amazon plus shipping.​008J6VYUC%3FSubscriptionId%3DAKIAJKKTJAC33DYSAVBQ%​26tag%3Dgdgt-engadget-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3​D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3DB008J6V​YUC

11. android_sucks

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 28, 2011

The rear camera alone is a major improvement!!! I might consider it!!!

12. mistofels

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Other source: it has GPS, IPS screen and OTG micro USB. With a well arranged upgrades and warranty it will be a killer. In any case it seems to have all the right parameters. I'd buy, if the device is mechanically sturdy !

17. andropos

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

+ FM radio and transmitter + OTA firmware updates + more Check out my X7 review over at to find out more reasons to why X7 is better then N7 if you are not living in US.

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