Tablets: Low Cost High Function Tablets Begin Rolling Onto the Market

Hisense TVs

Image Courtesy of Mashable.com

More than likely you’ve never actively looked for the brand HiSense. That’s about to change. Starting in the next few days, you’ll start to see low priced tablets, laptops, and other electronic devices start to hit stores, Walmart stores to be exact. In the case of tablet PCs, you’ll start to see prices hovering around that sweet spot of $99 for the basic tablet and $199 for the “high-end” model. Leading the charge of this low cost cavalry is HiSense, a 40-year old, Chinese, consumer electronics company. Already the leading manufacturer of panel TVs in China, the company is poised to take on giants like Samsung, Panasonic, LG, and Vizio, going spec for spec in the flat-panel TV, laptop, and now, the tablet markets.

Launching this week will be the Sero 7 Pro tablet, priced at $149, and the Sero 7 Lt priced at $99. Both tablets are meant in no small way to steal market share from the 7″ tablet heavyweights, Amazon, Samsung, Google, ASUS and HP.

The Sero 7 Pro features 1.3 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, a 1280 x 800 high-definition touchscreen display  with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory storage. Standard fare includes dual cameras: 5.0 mp rear-facing and 2.0 mp front-facing, Bluetooth-enabled,  the Sero 7 Pro includes near-field communications technology (NFC) and runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

The slightly less competitive but nicely priced Sero 7 Lt sports a 1.6GHz dual-core processor, comes with 1GB RAM, 4 GB of internal memory storage, and a 0.3 MP front facing camera. It runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Both the Sero Pro and the Sero 7 LT feature a microSD card expansion and mini HDMI out.

Though not the cheapest of the low-cost tablets, the HiSense heritage may help lend a little credibility to what looks to be a crowded market. See the tablets in store and online here.

In the meantime, shop the low prices and greater selection of tablets at Walmart.

 

CES 2013 Day 4 review: the round up

Day 4 took us to the North Hall and the show within show iLounge, as in everything specifically designed for your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch.

Headphones

Tribeca headphones

No celebrity headphones here but plenty of potential to be seen. Endless manufacturers with names that shall remain unspoken often displayed product that would use a variation on the same future-looking curved plastics and colorful ear cups. One company that caught my eye as being just a little more interesting was Tribeca. Already in the business of iPad and iPhone cases to major retailers across the country, Tribeca was launching a line of headphones based on using different types of wood in the ear cups based on the type of music you preferred to listen to. Intriguing to say the least.

Cases

Protect from the cold Protect from the water

Protecting your device seemed to be the initial theme as the lead-in vendor touted a case that protected your iPhone or iPad from the all the major destructive elements: water, cold, desert heat, and one vendor even had a demo of putting a hammer and/or drill to your phone.

Game play 1 Game play 2 3D film cover and app lego covers

 

But as we moved deeper in the aisles, cases ranged from designer / artist licensing, colorful Lego cases, a notable 3D film cover and associated app, as well as old school distractions like ball-and-maze game play and creating a horizontal angle functionality to the camera (not shown).

Health

iHealth was the major player in this department with a booth set up in the center of the iLounge area giving free blood pressure and blood sugar readings often using wireless, Bluetooth peripherals delivering almost instant results. Also shown from other vendors were custom earplugs for musicians who want to preserve their hearing, and in-ear and behind-the-ear hearing aids both of which were outside the iLounge area.

iHealth demo 1 iHealth demo 2

iHealth was the major player in this department with a booth set up in the center of the iLounge area giving free blood pressure and blood sugar readings often using wireless, Bluetooth peripherals delivering almost instant results. Also shown from other vendors were custom earplugs for musicians who want to preserve their hearing, and in-ear and behind-the-ear hearing aids both of which were outside the iLounge area.

Mounts

ipad mount

More than a few iPad mounts were displayed both for the car or truck and for businesses such as a doctor’s offices. This booth impressed me with the versatility of the clamps and the ease to mount the product to your vehicle.

Action Cam

action cam 2 action cam 1

Not ready to commit to a GoPro camera but still want to take awesome action shots. There’s an appbooth for that. Helmet, surfboard, your son’s BMX bike, this product seems to stick to almost everything and solve your action cam dilemma.

 

iPad man (cases)

Couldn’t resisting stopping this guy to ask him about his product. Their company makes the sturdy casing that you can see around the edges of the iPad.

ipad Man

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