The Hyundai T7 recently popped up on the online megamall Pandawill, and the 7-inch tablet has arrived packing a quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412 processor. Hyundai might not be the first name you think of when you’re searching for a Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire alternative — heck, it might not even be on the list — but the $166 T7 (shipping included) looks like it might be a pretty decent low-cost tablet option.
Hyundai has clearly drawn a lot of inspiration from the uber-popular Samsung Galaxy S3. Not only does the T7 feature the same processor Samsung used in certain models, but the tablet’s design also screams GS3. What else does this little number offer in terms of hardware? In addition to the 1.4GHz Exynos, there’s 1GB of RAM, 8GB of NAND storage, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, and a 3300mAh battery rated for about five hours of use.
As for the 7-inch display, it matches the Nexus 7 with a resolution of 1280 x 800. It’s also an IPS panel, so the visuals it provides should be crisp and richly colored. The Hyundai T7 also offers a pair of features that the Nexus 7 doesn’t. First, there’s an HDMI output — a welcome addition if you’re hoping to use your new tablet as a home theater add-on or to run as an Android-powered desktop computer with a full-sized monitor. There’s also a 2MP rear-facing camera with LED flash. It’s not going to garner rave reviews, but at least it’s there if you need to shoot something with the T7 in a pinch. There’s also a VGA camera on the front.
Tablets from second-tier manufacturers on Pandawill are always cheaper, but they typically have two major failings: they use processors that don’t compete with the ones you find in big-name devices and battery life is generally quite poor. Hyundai has nipped the first issue in the bud by using theExynos quad chip, so the T7 should actually perform quite well. If you’re ok with 5 hours of cord-free run time and don’t want to spend $200 on a tablet, the Hyundai T7 might be worth a gamble.