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Hisense launches Sero 7 Pro and Sero 7 Lite tablets

The new budget tablets are built and priced to compete with Google's Nexus 7

Hisense, the Chinese manufacturer,  has launched two new tablets in the United States this week.

The Sero 7 Lite is their lower end model. It offers modest features for a very low price. The Lite has a 7-inch 1024 x 600 display and runs on an unspecified 1.6 GHz dual core processor with 1 GB RAM. It comes with a very meager 4 GB of internal memory which can thankfully be supplemented via a microSD slot.

Additional features include Android 4.1, a mini HDMI port, a 0.3 MP front-facing camera, and 802.11b/g/n wifi. The 7.9″ x 4.8″ x 0.41″ tablet weighs a very reasonable 11.6 ounces.

The Sero 7 Pro is Hisense's full featured model. It has internals comparable to those of the Nexus 7 but with more connectivity options. The screen is a 7-inch (1280 x 800) IPS display and it runs on a quad-core 1.3 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor with 1 GB RAM. Like the Sero 7 Lite, its weakest point is its internal memory of 8 GB which can also be supplemented via a microSD slot.

Other features include Android 4.2,  a mini HDMI port, 802.11a/b/g/n wifi, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, NFC, stereo speakers, a 5 MP back facing camera, and a 2 MP front facing camera. The Sero 7 Pro is also slightly larger than the Lite (7.9″ x 5″ x 0.43″).

Although Hisense has not officially announced the release of these new products, both tablets are reported to be for sale at some Walmart locations: the Lite for US$99 and the Pro for US$149.


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Craig Munro, 2013-05-21 (Update: 2013-05-22)