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The sensible Hisense Sero 7 Pro (pictures)

Sporting a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, a 5-megapixel shooter, and a Mini-HDMI port, the Hisense Sero 7 Pro is a 7-inch tablet contender with potential.

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Meet the Hisense Sero 7 Pro

Available exclusively at Walmart, the $149 Hisense Sero 7 Pro is a bargain of a tablet, especially considering its quad-core specs and Android 4.2 OS. However, though it has plenty of potential, it doesn't quite have what it takes to rival Google's Nexus 7.

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A tinge of yellow here and there

The device's 7-inch screen has a 1,280x800-pixel resolution, which is slightly higher than the HP Slate 7's 1,024x600 resolution. Though its not overly distracting, the Hisense's screen does display white hues with a more yellowish tone.

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Unique screenshot key

The Sero 7 Pro runs the skinless version of Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean, so you won't get any third-party skin overlaid on the UI. However, you will see a small screenshot hot key at the bottom of your screen (next to the hot keys for back, home, and recent apps).

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A bit on the heavy side

The device measures 7.87 inches wide, 4.95 inches tall, and 0.43 inch thick. And at 0.82 pound, it's notably heavier than the Nexus 7.

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Port all the things!

The top edge houses all of the ports: (from right) a 3.5mm headphone jack, a microSD card slot that's expandable up to 32GB and is covered by a small plastic cover, Micro-USB, and Mini-HDMI.

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A texturized backing

The device has an all-black look (save for its slate-gray rear), and softly rounded corners. Its dimpled, rubber-like backing gives it a more durable feel.

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5-megapixel shooter on the back

On the back, the Sero 7 sports a 5-megapixel camera with flash. Above its display on the top-right corner sits a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

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Packing some quad-core punch

Powering the Hisense Sero 7 Pro is a 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor from Nvidia and a 4,000mAh battery. During our battery drain test, the tablet lasted 8.4 hours.

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Riptide gets splashy with Tegra 3

In general, the quad-core processor can execute simple but necessary tasks with ease. I didn't run into any problems or stuttering with actions like browsing the app drawer, navigating the home page, launching common apps, and switching between landscape and portrait mode.

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All the little necessary extras

Users will also get 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 EDR, 8GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, NFC and Android Beam, and GPS capabilities.

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