Upcoming 7-inch Android Tablets Could Dip Below $100

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AndroRabbit

Where is Digitimes finding their stories, in old newspapers?

Sub-$100 tablets were already out last year. They're not only sub $100, but also sub $75. For example the JXD S6600 which I got before Christmas last year goes for about $62 direct from China.

Biglots stores had some sort of cheap tablet for $50 as well. Yes a real Android tablet. IIRC it was Uniden-branded or something -somebody should someday write a story on how Uniden has collapsed and become a shadow of itself. BID.

Is the JXD the best tablet ever? No. But it's cheap. I use mine as wifi security camera monitor. Which is pretty pathetic, I admit.

Sometimes I think the biggest threat to Android isn't Apple at all, nor Microsoft. It's actually cheap junk tablets and phones that can be called Android, technically, but are so inferior there is a serious risk of alienating customers on the OS for years to follow.

On the other hand, things like the HTC One, the GS3 and GS4 and Note II get a ton of mainstream press and even average people know there are quality devices out there. Everybody knows about the GS3. Some of them know about the One or GS4 or Note II.

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livebriand

I think they're talking about brand-name tablets, not generic ones. FWIW, this is the cheapest one I know of: http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-MeMO-ME172V-A1-GR-7-0-Inch-Tablet/dp/B00BDS25VA/ I'm still thinking it might be worth spending a little more than that though, for the sake of quality - hopefully the next Nexus 7 will be out soon enough...

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robertlowe

I'd avoid the Hisense brand tablet - we bought two of the Sero 7 Pro and one of the Sero 7 Lite and have had problems with all of them.

The Sero 7 Pro went dead after the first day and both of the Sero 7 Lite have had constant shut down problems as well as ports that don't function.

If one of them had an issue that would be fine but all of them have had serious quality control issues.

I'm sure that better models from other brand companies will be coming out soon for around the same price. Best to avoid this model and wait for something else.

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gmvolk

I've been hearing lots of good about the Pro, hardly anything on the LT. Most is coming from the sero7 reddit, but have checked out reviews elsewhere as well. I was thinking of getting the Pros for my kids. They both have sub-$100 tablets, but no where near the specs of even the Sero 7 LT. I was even thinking of getting the Pro for myself, Tegra 3 with SD card and NFC for less than a Nexus 7.

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blacksand

I just picked up the Hisense Sero 7 Pro from my local Walmart after hearing about it from a friend and also seeing positive reviews online. It does seem to have everything--both front and rear cameras, the MicroSD and 1280x800 resolution, quad-core, etc. It doesn't have the build quality of my wife's iPad, but for $150 it's not bad at all. Here's the product link if anyone wants to check it out: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hisense-Sero-7-Pro-7-Tablet-Quad-Core-Processor-with-8GB-Memory-M470BSA/25427874

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FireGarden

When tablets come with removable batteries and a memory card slot (or two!) - I will consider buying one. Until then, for me they are useless.

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tom_m

The Nook HD and HD+ have MicroSD slots that take up to 32GB cards, but not a removable battery.

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Renegade Knight

Toshiba Thrive. It's getting a little long in the tooth but it meets your specs. I have one and it works fine.

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FireGarden

Thanks guys. I didn't know that. I've been mainly looking at the Samsung's and Apple's.

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Mikey109105

$99 dollars, huh? Come on, we all know that's 100 rounded up. Make it 90 and then talk to me.

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razorpetti37

I'd like to make a point that the reason the Nexus 7 has become so popular is because it is a high performing tablet with a clean and functional operating system, all at an affordable price range.

My point is that cheap Android tablets can be easily found and have been around for a couple years, but up until recently, I don't think Android tablets had any credibility with the general public. The game changer was an Android tablet line that was reliable and performed well. I'd even say I like mine more than an iPad (although it doesn't seem to scroll and change apps as smoothly).

I think the article is hitting pretty hard on the low price aspect, but I don't think that will make a difference if they all have laggy screens and bloated software packages.

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gmvolk

The HiSense Sero 7 pro is basically a Nexus 7 with some improvements for $149 and they have their Sero 7 for only $99. Granted Hisense is not a big name like Asus, but so far reviews seem pretty positive at least for the pro version. Both are Walmart exclusives.

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