Review: Hisense Sero 7 Pro

By Mike Wheeler

By Mike Wheeler

The 7-inch tablet market has been fraught with pretenders, with Samsung’s first Galaxy Tab offering being one that misfired and didn’t quite hit the mark, although its subsequentTab devices have certainly made an impact, giving perennial front-runner the iPad a run for its money. Local company Laser has tried its hand at the 7-inch market, as has HP with its Slate7, neither of which set the world on fire, though not for lack of trying.  

Asus showed with its Nexus 7 that this size and form factor can be a success. Recently, a relative newcomer to the game, Chinese manufacturer HiSense, has come along with its Sero 7 Pro device.

Out of the box, it looks pretty much like any other 7-inch tablet, in that it fits into the palm of your hand and is fairly light. As you would expect it is a touch screen, so navigation is simple – as it should be. For your money you’ll get 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, 8GB of storage (we wish there was more, although there is a microSD slot), a 1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, mini HDMI port, while its screen is a reasonable 1280 x 800 resolution.  

It has a 5 megapixel rear facing camera, which is pretty handy when you’re taking snaps on the go. When it comes to watching movies, home videos or surfing the net, it is more than adequate. While other devices might have better screens, you’ll pay for it.

One thing we were surprised at was that it has NFC technology, something we wouldn’t have expected with a device – this kind of connectivity is becoming popular with most vendors, and certainly beats having to transfer via traditional cable, USB or wifi.

Overall we think Hisense has managed to tick all the right boxes for its market. You have to take your hat off to a vendor that is making a splash in an area that has been a hard nut to crack for even the most experienced consumer electronics company.

Pros: Portable; NFC technology; will find a niche
Cons: More storage would be nice

4 Shacks Out of 5

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