The Texas Instrument OMAP 4470 Chipset is a very popular Cortex A9 Chipset for many of available smartphones until today because of its exceptional performance in both graphics and processor while keeping a great power efficiency. Plus, SmartQ put a stunning 2GB of Low Power DDR2 RAM that will surely makes everything operate smoothly even a resource hog application is running on the background.
SmartQ X7 comes with two different variant, the X7 and X7 Lite which has only 1GB of LPDDR2 RAM. Both have 16GB of Storage but only the X7 is available so far at an Online Store based in Shenzhen China for US$269.99 including a world-wide free shipping. That's similar to Google Nexus 7 with 32GB of storage + a US$20.00 shipping if its not available in your country.
SmartQ X7 Screen is comparable to Google Nexus 7's Screen, it has same HD-720p resolution (1280x800pixel) and is also using the popular IPS Technology which gives the users not only a vivid and very colorful image but also a wider viewing angle compared to ordinary or MVA Screen. SmartQ is very strict when it comes to quality so we should be expecting a decent quality screen with minimal to no backlight bleeding. A 2.0MP Front Facing Camera is placed in the middle-top of the SmartQ X7's slim screen bezel. Good for Video Calls or just Capturing self photos and upload to social media apps like Facebook and Twitter.
Most probably, this will be the biggest advantage of SmartQ X7 over Google Nexus 7. The complete set of casual user Interface Ports like mini-HDMI out, micro-USB port with OTG function, and the most important of all, a microSD-Slot for storage expansion. A 3.5mm Headphone/Earphone port and a standard 2.5mm Wall Charger port is also available. All located at one side of the Tablet which only measures about 9.5mm in thickness, a 1mm thinner that Google Nexus 7. The edges of the SmartQ X7 is also very sleek and elegant, almost better looking than the Nexus 7.
Other things like having a 2.0MP Rear Facing Camera, a latest Bluetooth 3.0 EDR, an offline GPS navigation and a huge 4200mAh Battery Capacity (125mAh lesser than Nexus 7) also makes the SmartQ X7 almost better than Google Nexus 7 if not, maybe a decent competitor to it. If SmartQ made this Tablet very power efficient just like the Nexus 7 do, it could provide 8~9 hours of continuous Internet Browsing or Movie Playback. WiFi Connectivity on SmartQ Tablets seems to have minimal to no problem at all. The only CONS I am seeing right now is that SmartQ X7 doesn't have a Stereo Speaker, instead it has a mono-firing loudspeaker and we hope it can provide good quality of sounds.
Overall, if Google Nexus 7 lack of Interface Port and a Storage Expansion worries you, SmartQ X7 is the best alternative to buy. Performance would be a little bit lesser than Nexus 7's Nvidia Tegra 3 QuadCore Chipset but it should be way better than other DualCore Cortex A9 chipset that most China MID brands are using, like Rockchip RK3066 and AMLogic 8726-M6 Chipsets. It comes with Android 4.1.2 JellyBean OS with Google PlayStore pre-installed.
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This post has been edited by ivanz: 19 November 2012 - 08:22 PM