If you’re looking for a 7-inch tablet but still can’t afford the likes of the $200 Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD, perhaps the new MSI Enjoy 71 might pique your interest. While there is no official release date in the U.S. yet, this tablet is slated to sell for about $172 in Taiwan where it was first introduced.
Don’t let the low price fool you. Powered by a 1.5-GHz dual-core Amlogic AML8726-MX processor and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), the Enjoy 71 still packs enough punch. At 10.5 ounces, it is even lighter than the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HD, which weigh 12.2 ounces and 13.9 ounces, respectively. And unlike the plasticky exterior of the latter devices, MSI’s offering uses a metallic enclosure that should improve the build quality as well as the feel when holding it in your hands. Handling the graphics department is a Mali-400 GPU.
The tablet only allows 8GB worth of files in its internal storage, but it can reach up to 32GB thanks to its microSD card expansion. Other specifications include a 7-inch IPS display that sports a 1024 x 600 resolution, 2.0MP rear camera and 0.3MP front camera, mini-HDMI and micro-USB connectivity, and 1GB memory. The battery capacity is 3200mAh and supports charging via the micro-USB.
Truth be told, only the somewhat outdated Android operating system seems to be the unsatisfactory feature for a tablet set at this price point.