Chinon Swift 7

Chinon Swift 7Along with the Swift 10, Chinon released the smaller Swift 7 with 7” display. Chinon was originally known as a Japan-based camera maker and it was purchased by Kodak in 2004. Just like its bigger brother, the Swift 7 is also powered by a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A8 single-core processor. The 7” display has a 4:3 aspect ratio (800 x 600 pixels), which is more suitable for web browsing and e-reading, than for playing HD movies.

The Swift 7 houses 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, which can be expanded by a 32GB microSD card. Other features are support for Flash 10.1, Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n, a web camera and 5 hours of battery life. The Bluetooth feature is available optionally through an external USB dongle, which a bit disappointing.  The Swift 7 uses Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), but the custom UI makes the interface looks like the stock Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) launcher. The Chinon Swift 7 is now available in the US for $159.99. However, if you have an extra $120 to spare, it’s a good idea to consider buying the Chinon Swift 10, with 10” IPS display, instead of the 7” standard capacity display as well as larger RAM (1GB) and internal storage (8GB).

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