7 top 7 inch Chinese Tablets You Should Look At instead of...

7 top 7 inch Chinese Tablets You Should Look At instead of the Nexus 7


This is the first time I have managed numerical alliteration in a Gizchina post! So to celebrate keep reading for more details on 7 top 7 inch tablets you should look at instead of the Nexus 7.

Before I go on I want to be clear that I’m not saying that these 7 Chinese tablets will be as powerful as the all new Google Nexus 7 tablet manufactured by Asus, but if you are in the market for a budget 7 inch these guys should offer the same functionality as the new Google tabl!


7 top 7 inch Chinese Tablets You Should Look At instead of the Nexus 7


shenzhen f702 android chinese tabletF702 7 inch Android tablet from Shenzhen Crownho

Who ever is in charge of marketing tablets, or phones for that matter, is obviously not paid enough as the F702 is the first in our list and also the first of 7 terrible sounding tablet names, but don’t let the name put you off as this tablet is stacked!

First of all let’s gloat at all those silly Nexus 7 owners who can only get on the internet! “haha we mock you Nexus 7 owners” Is what you should now being saying as you strut your 3G stuff. So yeah, 3G is built-in as is Wi-Fi, GPS and DUAL CAMERA! “haha we mock you……”. So while the F702 does get 3G and dual cameras it doesn’t quite offer the power of the quad-core Nexus 7 tablet and only packs a 1Ghz iMX515 CPU plus 512mb of memory, but that is more than enough for most apps anyway.

Other great features for the 7 inch F702 tablet are the IPS screen, 3500mAh battery and pre-installed Android Play store app.

Price: $114

Webstie: Crownho


grefu 7 inch 3g chinese tabletGrefu 7-inch tablet with 3G

Chinese tablet makers Grefu are well-known, notorious even, for their stunning Apple Macbook Air and iPad clones, but they also make some smart-looking and well priced original items too. The 7 inch tablet from Grefu offers 3G like the F702 and supports WCDMA and EVDO networks. There is also and Android Ice-cream sandwich OS on here running on 1Ghz Cortex A5 SC8810 CPU with 512mb RAM.

Other great features include a TV tuner, GPS, Bluetooth, Wifi, dual cameras and a 3000mAh battery.

Price: Around $120

Website: Grefu


vayee 7 inch android chinese tabletShenzhen Vayee 7-inch Tablet

Ok let’s have a look at one of the cheaper budget offerings from China in this instance a 7 inch model from China’s Shenzhen Vayee who are quiet a large player in the Chinese tablet market. Unlike the first 2 tablets this model doesn’t feature 3G, however it still sports an Android 4.0 ICS operating system and supports 1080 hd video.

Like the Nexus 7 tablet, the Vayee 7 inch tablet only gets a front camera but to make up is available in a range of trendy colours including bright red and pink oh and it is very cheap!

Price: $46

Website: Yayee


nufront dual core 7 inch chinese tabletNufront dual-core 7 inch tablet

Like Chinese phones, it is not uncommon these days for a Chinese tablet to get a dual or even quad-core processor. In the Nufront’s case we have a dual-core Cortex A9 CPU clocked at 1GHz. There is also 1GB RAM on board plus 8GB of built-in memory, but if that is not enough you can always expand on that with an SD card.

The screen is a 7-inch display with 1024×600 resolution and like all the other Chinese tablets on this list, Android ICS 4.0 is the operating system of choice. Again only a front camera is offered but the Nufront does get built-in HDMI out!

Price: TBA


mini ipad knock off chinese tablet7-inch iPad knock-off

This wouldn’t be a true list of Chinese tablets if it didn’t include at least 1 knock off. This knock-off mini iPad gets the same design and styling as the current new iPad, but in a much smaller and easier to carry 7 inch body.

Like the first two tablets on this list this fake mini iPad offers 3G, but also boasts dual Sim support so you can have one Sim for calls and another for web browsing (why?). There are also dual cameras and the OS has been tweaked to look like iOS on the iPad and iPhone but is based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

This knock off mini iPad is made by Jajapad who have yet to release a price.

Price: TBA

Email: [email protected]


cutepad F7 3g chinese tabletCutePad F7 3G Chinese tablet

Another huge Chinese tablet maker is Cutepad. The company is famous for their low-cost high performance Chinese tablets and the F7 is a perfect example of this as it offers 3G, Wi-fi, Bluetooth, HDMI out a 1ghz Cortex A9 cpu all at a very affordable price.

Like all the other tablets here (except the fake iPad mini) the Cutepad F7 sports Android 4.0 Ice-cream Sandwich, and knowing the company they are likely to release a Jelly Bean update soon enough!

Price: Around $100

Website: Glory Union


somx7 soten 3g chinese tabletSoten SOMX7 G3 Chinese Tablet

Our final Chinese tablet which offers all the features of the Google Nexus 7 and more is the Soten SOMX7. 7-inch IPS screen, 1024×600 resolution, 10-point touch, which has excellent effect. Boasting a Samsung Exynos 3110 1Ghz CPU this tablet is by no means slow, however it isn’t as fast as it could be due to the lack of RAM, the SOMX7 has 512mb.

On board memory is 8GB and can be expanding via SD card and there are both front and rear camera, with the rear facing unit being a pretty respectable 5 mega-pixel job!

To top it all of the SMOX7 has a 7 inch IPS display with a resolution of 1024 x 600, gets built-in 3G and Wi-fi plus there is GPS and a 5800 mAh battery which should have you navigating all day without trouble!

Price: TBA

Website: Soten


So that concludes are 7 top 7 inch Chinese tablets you should look at instead of the Google Nexus 7. What do you think of our choices? Do you have any other tablets you wish had made it in to the top 7? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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  • Dee

    What about the ainol novo 7 flame, IMO it’s a better contender to the nexus 7 compared to these…although it hasn’t been released yet 🙂

    • Yep the Ainol is a good looking tablet. Perhaps it will make my top 10 list 😉

  • ark

    + onda v711 which might be upgraded to 4.1 JB

  • kardet

    I would go for the PiPo U1. Has a 7″ 1280×800 IPS screen, rockchip 3066, 16GB, and the best thing android 4.1. Is a bit more expensive then the ones you are suggesting, but $169 (mcbub) is still not that expensive.

    • These are great suggestions! I’m going to have to write a longer post!

      • Richard Lawton

        Looking for a dual sim 7″ phone/tablet to work with Tmobile in the USA.
        What are your suggestions?

    • Alex


      DO you know if the PIPO U1 or PIPO ultra U1, 7 inch tablet works with the
      3G E173 dongle for internet access?



  • tundra

    check out Ainol and Onda 7 inch, dual core tablet line. So far they’re the best chinese brands to reach Ph shores.

    • I actually own one its pretty good.

  • max

    andi, we want a andi store like now.
    You have listed some amazing 7 inchers especially the built in 3G types on great prize points.
    Andi, since you know these Chinese Tablet manufacturers, they might listen to you.

    Can you please tell them to add a 3G option and a bigger battery options (for a price obviously) in their all products.
    I’m so damn looking for a RK3066 with built in 3G (Dual sim EVDO+HSPA) 7 incher with 3700×2 mAh size battery. World traveling will be so damn fun 🙂

    Tell them that they will get better sale.

  • Alexi

    Andi, where do you find the F702 Tablet for $114 ?

    • On Micdigi.com I think

  • Geodex

    The best 7 inch tablets out there right now is

    1. Pipo U1
    2. Ainol Flame

    Though both lack 3G they both have far more advanced features like 16GB inbuilt, bluetooth, IPS screen, full 1080 HD, 3D Acceleration for games, HDMI ports, expandable memory and more.

    Both beating the Nexus 7 by miles and way cheaper.

    Still could do better with 3G inbuilt. Now that is all I am waiting for but I currently own an Aurora II.

    • Next tablet I buy has got to have 3G or I’ll never use it.

    • Alex

      Pipo U1 does not have HDMI connector.

    • Alex

      I’m thinking of purchasing PIPO U1 Pro 7 inch tablet.
      Do you know if 3G dongle E173 to access internet works with it , or any other



  • eri

    Will wait for your review about 7inch tablets with 3G. Thanks !

  • cliff skoog

    These are interesting 7 inch tablets. But it seems very hard to find if they have batteries that can be replaced. I don’t ever want to buy another tablet where the battery wires are soldered onto the main board. Do any of these use a plug on the main board for the battery wires? I’m needing one with GPS too. Thanks for any knowledge.

  • Aarjente

    Thanks for the post, I’m on a budget and hence need to consider these products.
    I wanted to know though – are they reliable? Do they last long? (By long i mean at least 1.5 – 2 years, i know that spending so little usually means you sacrifice product lifeline)

    Also – I recently read that a company named Cube is releasing an android tablet with a retina display. Also seems noteworthy

    • tacitustx

      You get what you pay for, I think is the best advice on that. There is a reason why cheap Chinese tablets aren’t selling like hotcakes in the US, well two really. One is the difficulty of getting service if something goes wrong (you have to mail it back to China at your own cost) and quality control. I’m sure there are some great values to be had in Chinese tablets, but the lower prices reflect the extra risk you are taking.

  • Tablet searcher

    Very good effort as it is rare to find people reviewing Chinese tablets. Noe queries. Are Ainol Novo and Onda the same company ? Novo people refer you to Onda for larger tablets and Onda’s site has the same web design.

    Novo 7 Crystal and Aurora II boast a 2 MP camera is it really 2 MP as CHinese usually supply 0.3 MP.I wish they put dual cameras in the upcoming models. Please put video reviews on Vimeo etc for Novo and Onda models.

  • David Swire

    How can I buy this F702 7 inch Android tablet from Shenzhen Crownho??

    • David

      Shenzhen Vayee 7-inch Tablet where do I buy this product I live in Australia

  • Camilo Henao

    Hello Andi

    We have a project for 20.000 tablets , whay supplier can you recommend us?

    Generally speaking we need something similar to the kindle fire

     7 inch display
     1.2 GHZ Processor dual core
     1280×800 HD Display
     16 GB capacity
     dual band WiFi
     Target Price 80 USD

    Thanks in advance for your help

    Best Regards


    • Ruckus

      How about 3 G / 4G Do they have that?

  • David King

    Dude, I have searched for one of the tablets you mentioned and found very little about it anywhere. The thing is I did find at least two other sies that have EXACTLY the same information you provide on this page, so what gives?

    Who is copying who?

    I know there is a lot to cover in this fast moving world of tech, but can’t we at least do something original?

    • Send me the links!

  • Jed

    Do these tablets support the Google Play Store and will work like any other Android tablets here in the US?

  • kirsten

    There is no point writing a lengthy review on products where there is hardly any information of where one can buy them from.

  • Ruckus

    I have bought 3 Chinese tablets and lived to regret it. The pleasure of a low price is long gone as the reality of low quality remains. This has happened to my friends also. I have gone back to Samsung,and nexus 7. The charger fried on one. One has display problems . Another simply crashed and cannot be rebooted. Two were 9 inch and the other 7 inch. One was a gift which was embarrassing to me. That is three out of three. It may take awhile but eventually they will cause problems.. Fool me once, shame on them. Fool me twice, shame on me. .

    • jurkey

      I must be lucky, bought a novo 7 paladin when it came out & it’s still performing well. When the auroa 11 [English Version] came out got one of those then passed it on to a friend when my flame {English Version] arrived. Made my purchases through uPlaytablets & haven’t had any problems with delivery or the tablets’ performance. Maybe I’m not geeky enough to see their short falls but they do all I want.

  • Paul

    Great site and great review. I bought an Ainol Novo Elf II for my seven year old son and have ended up using it myself! I recently added Cyanogen mod 10 and now have JellyBean for less than $100! I love the thing and would recommend Ainol to anyone.