Mobile Geeks get hands on with a cool looking 7″ prototype from Chinese vendor Jren. The device runs Windows 8.1 on a Bay Trail Intel processor and will hit the market for somewhere just over a $100.
One of the more interesting places to sniff out cool and unusual devices during Computex, is the Hall 1 2nd floor area where you will find a large room filled to the brim with Chinese vendors selling absolutely everything. Being the gadget hounds that we are here at Mobile Geeks, we honed in on tablets, of which there were plenty. One great looking tablet that really caught our eye, despite being an early prototype, was a 7 inch Windows 8 tablet design from Jren, a Shenzhen based company that is currently offering a range smart home, set top box, e-reader and tablet products.
The Jren M7009Z is a very stylish 7 incher that has a 1280 x 800 screen resolution, backed by a choice of 1 or 2GB of RAM, 8GB, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage plus Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and even 3G technology – even the cameras are flexible with 2MP or 5MP options. Jren are an OEM business offering exclusive device designs with flexible specifications that can cater for different segments. The really attractive thing that drew our attention however was the chassis design, which featured a solid feeling aluminum frame with a nice almost purple finish.
We also checked out a good looking 8 inch design that kind of had the screen sitting atop a frame with rounded edges. Both 7 and 8 inch designs are what Shenzhen vendors will often describe as ‘Private Tooling’, meaning an exclusive in house design. Both devices are available with Intel Bay Trail processors, with a choice of Z3735F or Z3735G.
Jren are just one of dozens of Shenzhen based vendors that have descended on Taipei this week to seek out orders for their latest Intel Bay Trail / Windows 8.1 offerings. No longer do MediaTek, Rockchip and Allwinner dominate the lower-end tablet segment. The 2nd floor of Hall 1, is testament to that.