Head Monster Noel Lee and his army know how to hustle, there’s no debating that. First introducing high-end cables to the world, then taking over the hi-def headphones and personal audio industries; announced Wednesday, Monster Products has found their newest (unlikely) product market to infiltrate: tablets.
That’s right. Say hello to the first line of Monster tablets; the Android-based Monster M7 and M10, 7-inch and 10.1-inch models, respectively. Aside from boasting aptX for high-fidelity, near-CD quality audio, these cost-effective tablets will come pre-installed with a nice range of wireless functionality and entertainment applications.
The somewhat mid-range (specs-wise) M7 will feature Time Correct Bluetooth, a proprietary ‘hurry up and pair’ software, which will benefit users who enjoy watching flicks or zoning out to music via Bluetooth speakers or headphones. Also, the 7-inch slate will include Monster Central PowerControl, allowing users to monitor energy and power through the internet with Monster Power modules.
Of course the Google Mobile Services application suite will also come standard, as well as movie and TV streaming resource, Vudu.
“Packed with features, in an array of color options to match out headphone colors, and offered at an affordable price, we believe the new line of Monster tablets is going to surprise a lot of people,” said Head Monster Noel Lee.
To be honest, yeah. It’s a bit of a shock to see Monster enter the tablet game. Especially since I just sat down with Mr. Lee last month and he could have totally given me the scoop (I can keep a secret, come on Noel!)
In the company’s typical fashion, the two handhelds will be available in a full spectrum of colors: Candy Blueberry, Candy Tangerine Orange, Candy Grape Purple, Candy Apple Red, Candy Lime Green, Cotton Candy Pink, Frost White and Midnight Black.
The M7 tablet will be released first at a competitive price of $149.00. It’ll be a Walmart.com exclusive item, hitting the e-store in an undefined amount of time. Also, there was no word on specs, pricing or release date for the 10.1-inch model (but we’re guessing it’ll be the same deal in terms of color choices, built-in apps and wireless functionality, and a Walmart.com exclusive — at first at least. Maybe?)
Lastly, it’s important to note that some key attributes were left out from the company’s release. Granted these points are a bit nerdy, but we’d all like to know, for example, which semiconductor company supplied the processor? And most importantly, the native Android version was likewise unmentioned. To be honest, it’s tough to tell through the small promo shot above which iteration we’re dealing with. Any suggestions?
Monster M7 7-inch Android tablet specs as published:
- - 1.5Ghz dual-core processor
- - Android operating system
- - HD 1280×800 resolution screen
- - Bluetooth 4.0 with Time Correct
- - Micro USB input
- - 3.5mm headset jack
- - Mini HDMI
- - GPS
- - Front 2.0-megapixel camera; rear 5.0-megapixel camera
- - 16GB storage
- - 1 GB DDR3 memory
- - MicroSD expansion slot
- - 8 hours battery life
- Out-of-the-box apps: YouTube, Facebook, Google Talk, et. al., Twitter, Vudu and more.
What do ya’ll think — hot or not?