- Nov 25, 2012
Budget Android tablets are often of poor quality, don't come with key Google applications and used outdated versions of the operating system. At RMB399 ($69), The Allfine FINE7 Genius is one seriously budget tablet, but it does come with lots of features only seen on much pricier slate.
◇190 x 118 x 10.4mm dimension size
◇7 inch 16M-color super IPS display at WSVGA resolution (1024*600 pixels), 169PPI
◇Actions, qual core 1.0GHZ Cortex-A5 processor, GC1000+ GPU, 1GB DDR3 RAM
◇Stock Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
◇8GB of built-in-storage
◇VGA front facing camera
◇Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
◇MicroSD card slot
◇2160p video playback
◇3500mAh Li-Po rechargeable battery
Design and Build
The front of the tablet is dominated by a 7 inch IPS display, around which is the relatively wide bezel. As much as I love black, the bezel of the FINE7 Genius does feel just too plasticky cheap. Sitting in the bezel above the screen is a VGA front-facing camera.
The back of the tablet is much more gorgeous, it is pure white and has fine texture. The stereo speakers are also hosted on the back, which can produce sound of very decent volume and quality.
Allfine is has taken the simplistic approach with the FINE7 Genius, only a power/standby button and a volume rocker are hosted on the top edge.
The right edge plays host to all the ports and slots. I don’t quite understand the choice of mini USB port over a Micro USB port, given the price, I’d bet it be for lower cost.
The slate is 10.4mm thick, not really as paper thin as many other more expensive slate, but still isn’t porky at all. 300 gram in weight is really nice for holing the tablet for a long time!
The 7 inch display uses the same IPS screen technology seen in most tablets. It's covered in a scratch resistant glass, which should stand up to some abuse.
With a 1024 x 600 resolution packed into a relatively small display you get a very sharp-looking 169 pixels-per-inch. That's not quite iPad4 levels of detail, but it does make it very hard to see individual pixels. The display is bright too, with vibrant colors. It's a decent little screen, and would even be respectable on a device twice the price; for a budget tablet it’s simply incredible.
FINE7 Genius packs an Actions ATM7029 chip, paired with 1GB DDR3 RAM. For those who have read my reviews before, you know I have never been a fan of this SoC. But somehow I am okay with its presence here. With relatively lower screen resolution, this slate is much faster than the Ainol NOVO7 Venus.
Also, this slate has enough power to decode 2160P videos of different formats, but that’s more of a future function as the video resources at that resolution are pretty limited. Still, you can find enough 1080P videos to play on the Genius or output them on HDTV via HDMI.
Graphics are looked after with a Vivante GC1000 processor, which is capable of smoothly running all 3D games optimized for the Tegra ULP GeForce GPU.
The FINE7 Genius’ Wi-Fi reception is average amongst Chinese pads, not very good, but by no means disappointing. Connection is stable during my test, data transmission is decent, a lot better than the CUBE U9GT3.
The Genius packs a 3,500mAh battery, giving the tablet a 4 hours, 54 minutes run time during my battery rundown test, which loops a 720P video with screen brightness set to 30% and Wi-Fi turned off. Not amazing, but decent enough for a $69 slate.
If you are looking for a tablet which represents the most cutting-edge technology, FINE7 Genius is not really your best option. However, for anyone who choose to buy this slate, you would get more than what you pay for.
The overall performance of the FINE7 Genius is average, but average is already amazing for such a low-price tablet.