SmartQ launches X7 7-inch tablet, a $249 Nexus 7 “killer” with a lot of oomph

by: AdrianNovember 18, 2012

Google’s Nexus 7 brings together the best of two worlds, being both affordable and very competitive performance-wise. How many of you agree with that? Very many, right? But what if we were to present to you a 7-incher going for just 50 bucks more while considerably upping the spec ante?

If there’s anyone interested, the tab is called the SmartQ X7 and is now up for grabs for just $249. It’s true, the X7 doesn’t come from Google or any other big name in the tech industry, but it’s not like we’ve never seen a decent gadget coming from China in general and SmartQ in particular.

The X7 has a few common points with the Nexus 7, sporting basically the same 7-inch capacitive touch screen with a 1280 x 800 pixels resolution. Both tabs also run Jelly Bean, though the Nexus 7 has recently taken the leap to Android 4.2, while the X7 is for the moment stuck to 4.1.

The CPU is where the X7 starts to set itself apart from the Nexus 7, being powered by TI’s OMAP 4470 platform. The processor inside SmartQ’s tablet is clocked at 1.5 GHz, while Google’s tab comes with a 1.2 GHz quad-core Tegra 3 chip that we know is a tad slower. The X7 also comes with PowerVRSGX544 graphics, so expect that to handle multimedia and gaming better.

The 2 GB of RAM should help X7’s multitasking a whole lot, while storage options include 16 GB of built-in memory, but also the microSD slot that’s so missed on the Nexus 7. There are also 2 MP cameras on the front and back, a mini HDMI port, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a 4,200 mAh battery.

SmartQ’s “Nexus 7 killer” looks like a winner in terms of design too, weighing in at 335 grams and measuring a mere 9.5 mm in thickness. Of course, we should still wait and see how the X7 looks and behaves in reality, but for now we’ll tell you this – on paper, it looks almost perfect. Do you guys agree? Would you prefer this over the Nexus 7 or Amazon’s Kindle Fire?

  • GPE

    I like the ports and extra storage a whole lot but I will have to see some detailed reviews of actual performance before I’ll have the courage to buy one. It’s not available at any brick and mortar place in the states, yet, is it?

  • Porky Pig

    Interesting article. Warranty, and support play a part, and I’m still not convinced that no-name brands can compete (in the long run) with the more established hardware and software providers. There are at least 20 different ‘Chinese’ stamped tablets available. Most, providing better specs in order to try to compete. Many have ended up in the bargain bin before becoming nothing more than a footnote. It’s great to see the competition, but I doubt this vendor and others similar to it, worry the likes of Google, Appple, ASUS, Samsung, Microsoft, etc.
    For me, I’ll stick with the name-brand providers, and see what happens.
    BTW, next time you write an article, see if you can resist pandering to comments by asking a question at every other sentence. Is you pay based on how many comments you get?

    • g0vt_h00ker

      Is your pay based on how rude and judgmental your comments are?

    • Apple_Nexus

      Every article on this site asks a question (or two) to encourage people to write comments.

  • The name Nexus honestly makes all other 7 inch tabs pointless to me

    • Agree.. its because google label and tons of developer.. :D

    • andropos

      Then you must also, think:
      The name Apple makes all other devises pointless.

      • I did not say it was a bad tablet, just pointless to me personally, just like Apple makes good products, but there hardware pricing and the OS’s that they run make it pointless for me to have one.

  • chris

    looks very interesting but like others too scared to be the first to try
    waiting for reviews impatiently :-)

  • Mark

    This is exactly what I want in a tablet. I am a high end laptop user and haven’t gotten into the tablet game yet. This tab has the specs, but like everyone else, I can’t risk it being jenky. Hopefully this is a sign of what’s to come soon from more reputable companies. Hurry up!

    • andropos

      How can a new company become reputable if you dont even try??

  • I think Nexus 7 is a better choice as you have lots of developments for nexus plus it has the NFC & GPS

  • malibu

    Biggest issue with me on no name brands. Is I bet it will be impossible for accessories.. and that’s a must with me.

  • alway go with trustworthy product like google ! I dont care how cheap and how good is it ! needed a good community and supports

  • TechGuy21

    and the winner is Nexus 7. i dont buy cheap tabs from unknown OEMs. thank you very much

    • andropos

      Its your loss, ppl who are not bold to try new better devices are the real losers in the end.

      N7 is a great device at great US price, but i found X7 better then N7 in many ways, if you interested see my review over at

  • Austin Cooper

    Here’s a New Series of Android Tablet Models — all which launch in November and are made by Ainol Electronics, which received a “Best Tablet of the Year” award at CNET Consumer Electronics Show 2012 – Two models feature 10-inch displays with high resolution screens: The Novo 10 Hero includes a powerful Dual Core CPU and a 1280×800 display for $225; and a similar model The Novo 10 Captain offers Quad Core CPU and a 1920×1200 Liquid Crystal display (like Apple’s Retina screen) for $275. All provide pretty nice specs and pricing — There’s also a new 7 inch tablet, The Novo 7 Flame for $189, that has many more features than the Nexus 7 and offers a 1280×800 High Resolution screen, Dual Core CPU, 32GB Memory, MicroSD portable storage, an HDMI connection to your TV with full 1080p (HD) that’s great for movie downloads, and a 5-megapixel Rear Camera with AF & LED Flash and a 2 MP webcam; Plus great connection – Bluetooth, WiFi, Ethernet, and options for 3G. Also just launched is the world’s first “truly affordable” quality $100 Android tablet — the Novo 7 Legend was introduct last week, with many of the same features as the Novo 7 Flame. TabletSprint also offers with each tablet, a truly free 3G/4G 500MB monthly data plan with full internet access/VoIP calling in the U.S. — TabletSprint also provides customers a nice perk with a free 3G/4G 500MB monthly data plan with full internet access/VoIP calling within the U.S., along with a free 3G USB
    adapter – which can work out great for customers seeking occasional 3G access from a tablet device. — Certainly worth checking out and reviewing these holiday deals —

    • Apple_Nexus

      ^ Ad.

    • Johannes

      Ethernet??? On a tablet???

  • On a Clear Day

    What good are “good” specs if when you have a problem you don’t know to whom, or where, to turn? Everyone, who wasn’t born yesterday, knows that if your goal is finding someone to build something cheap, cheaper, cheapest (and that’s not just a reference to pricing) that you go to China – home of wages lower than low.

    Now, if you don’t mind dealing with a no name entity that may or may not be around next week, much less next year, go for it.

    I’ll stick with Google or a provider known to be reliable and less prone to becoming “dust in the wind” should I need their help.

    Specs ain’t that special if you have to waste your always running out hour glass of time on earth with a dud deal.

    • andropos

      Well SmartQ was one of the first brands to release a 5-inch tablet (MID called at the time) that could multi-boot, Win CE / Android / Ubuntu, and they have released loads of Android tablet over the last few years, they have own developing teem releasing updates almost every week.

      Also SmartQ is not to be compared to the dirt cheap devices with poor quality and 0 support, they are in the mid to high range with great support, you can still get support for your device bought 2 years ago, can Google do that.

      Im not blaming you for not knowing all this, SmartQ is a Chinese brand and all US readers always hear and read about is all the bad experiences and crappy Chinese devices, but i blame you for not typing “SmartQ” on Google and at least spending 2 min looking up the manufacturers website to get your own opinion instead of being prejudice and classify everything you dont know as one.

      Reading through tons of US based tech blogs, im surprised to see so much negative comments on things ppl dont have any experience from.

      Why even bother to read this article if you are not interested or open to new things.

  • Singh

    Nexus 7 will always win because of the support it gets from developers and manufactures. You can customize…install new roms and etc. On this new tablet if you are a person who does not want to root and etc then of course on paper this looks good. I would never buy it…lol

  • would love to see some reviews of this and other no name products. C’mon youtube reviewers, grow a set and take a risk

    • andropos

      Ill try to upload a video of X7 this weekend.

  • MACoBe

    O.O SmartQ a “no name” company? XD Only for “North Americans” I guess. XD

    Now, seriously, the only specs in which the X7 losses with the Nexus 7 is in the SoC (but some “experts” say it’s almost a tie, both winning in different aspects and situations; Tegra 3 and the OMAP 4470 are really great SoC’s) and NFC. The X7 haves more ram, more ports and a better screen image (due to bad configuration of the Nexus’s screen by Asus, the “washed out image”, it is said that it’s software fixable, but if so, why Google or Asus haven’t done it by now?).
    You could call the software upgrades by Google itself or the large developers community a tacit spec of the Nexus 7, but if SmartQ or a small developers community implement a polished jellybean rom, what else do you really need? It’s crazy the way people are going nuts because the don’t have the latest OS version… I personally prefer a stable and polished rom implementation on a great tab than the messy upgrade fever.

  • Thank you very much for your review and even more for Comod.

    Comod is a firmware update provided by this reviewer, that solves some slight site compatibility issues (with google play and Amazon Kindle) with the Chinese version of the firmware.

    I think that X7 is beautiful, well made, incredibly fast, expandable, and now with Comod, very useful.

    SmartQ should be employing you.