The Cheapest Tablet with 3G Phone and Internet - the CUBE Talk 7 Review
Ever since the success of its first tablet with full phone functionalities: the Talk 79, CUBE seems determined to add more to the “Talk” line. The Talk 5H and the Talk 7 have already been on sale for some time, and the 9-inch Talk 9 will soon join the hype.
The brand new Talk 7 is made to take on the Lenovo A1000, which has similar specs in both the hardware and functionalities. The price of the Talk 7 is also a lot lower, at RMB499 ($82) it is arguably the cheapest tablet with 3G phone and internet access.
RMB499 ($82) seems pretty low-priced for a tablet with full phone functionalities, and could easily draw some attentions from budget-tight customers.
The compact and small bezel design is really nice for a device that you would be carrying around all the time, and it is much easier to hold right up to your ear than the Lenovo A1000.
The performance of the new MT8312 dual-core processor is impressive, the smoothness of the Talk 7 is something you would normally only enjoy on a flagship Android tablet.
The 7-inch TN panel almost ruins all the fun about the slate.
Cameras are just too poor for a device that can be used as a smartphone.
◇7 inch TFT display at WSVGA resolution (1024X600 pixels)
◇Weighs 320g, 191.2*106.5*9.9mm in size.
◇MTK MT8312 SoC., 1.2GHZ dual-core Cortex-A7 processor, Mali-400MP2 GPU, 1GB RAM
◇Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
◇4GB of built-in-storage, expandable by TF card
◇VGA front-facing camera; 2.0MP rear-facing camera
◇GSM/WCDMA, full phone functionalities.
◇USB on the go
◇MicroSD card slot
◇Standard 3.5mm audio jack
◇1080p video playback
◇3000mAh Li-Po rechargeable battery, 5-6 hours battery life
The Talk 7 reminded me of the first tablet I ever had: the Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000, although they do have many differences in both hardware and software, the concept is almost the same: tablet with 3G phone and internet access.
Design and Build
First thing you will notice about the Talk 7 is how small it actually is, at 191.2*106.5*9.9mm it is only slightly bigger than the Samsung Galaxy Mega (167.6 x 88 x 8 mm), tinier than most of the 7 inch 3G tablets such as the Lenovo A1000 (199*121*10.7mm) and the Samsung Galaxy Tab2 P3100 (193.7×122.4×10.5mm), which it is in direct competition against. I myself was born with small hands, but it is no effort for me to hold the Talk 7 in one hand.
The front is of course dominated by a 7-inch capacitive screen with relatively small frames, the white color of the bezel gives it an artistic look. Above the display you will also find a VGA front-facing camera and a telephone receiver, which is quite useful for phone calls. The MIC is on the lower left corner, just where it needs to be.