Looks like the recently released tablet by Google, the Nexus 7, has a serious competition and it is not made by any world-famous company, but SmartQ, a humble manufacturer from China. The company may not be a big fish in tech industry, but it has a history of producing quite decent devices and its latest tablet, the SmartQ X7 is definitely an intriguing one. It is available from the SmartQ’s website for $249, which is just $50 more than the Nexus 7 and as you are about to see, it has much more to offer.
SmartQ X7 vs. Google Nexus 7
The screen, which is a very important part of any device, is basically identical in both the SmartQ X7 and the Nexus 7 – it is a 7-inch 10 points capacitive touch screen meaning you can use all your fingers at once to operate the tablet. The resolution is 1280 x 800 pixels, which translates to approximately 216 ppi.
The SmartQ X7 is driven by a 1.5 GHz TI OMAP 4470 dual-core processor and PowerVR SGX544 for graphics, while the Nexus 7 has a 1.2 GHz quad-core Tegra 3 chip. The X7 tablet runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and the Nexus also comes with Jelly Bean but the 4.2 version, which to tell you the truth is not that much different.
That was just a warm-up, let’s now move on to the really cool stuff. The SmartQ X7 packs 2 GB of RAM which is double than what you will find on the Nexus. The X7 offers 16 GB of built-in memory and a major plus is that it has a microSD card slot compatible with up to 32 GB cards for memory expansion; a feature that somehow was missed on Nexus 7 and it is one of these things that can make your life much easier.
The tablet by SmartQ has two cameras – one on the front and one on the back, both capable of taking 2 megapixel pictures, while the Nexus 7 packs only one 1.2 megapixel front-facing shooter. The X7 is also slightly lighter than the Nexus 7, a feature that probably would not be a decisive factor while buying a table, but some may find it important.
Apart from these, the tablet is equipped with Bluetooth 3.0 BLE + EDR and Wi-Fi 802.11 for wireless connection, mini HDMI output, 3.5mm stereo interface, GPS and triaxial accelerometer. The 4200 mAh battery has a tad less juice than the one in the Nexus 7, but anyway, it is powerful enough to guarantee you hours of fun with the tablet.
It is true that the SmartQ X7 is not a popular name on the market, at least so far, but unless you are one of those folks who care more about the actual specs than brand, then you might want to give this tablet some thought.