7-inch tablet with Intel Atom Z3735G processor sells for $55

Hardware platforms based on Atom Z3735G or Z3735F Bay Trail processors were all the rage in 2014-2016, as the processors were found in tablets, mini PCs, and single board computers sold at price points that provided alternatives to Arm platforms that may not be as well supported.

But time has passed and those processors are really slow by today’s standard, so I was surprised to find out some companies were still selling products based on Bay Trail processors with the “MOMO7W” 7-inch tablet powered by an Intel Atom Z3735G quad-core processor, coupled with 1GB RAM and 16GB flash.

cheap Atom Z3735F tabletMOMO7W tablet specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Atom Z3735G quad-core Bay Trail processor @ up to 1.33 GHz / 1.83 GHz (Turbo) with Intel HD graphics; 2.2W SDP. Note: it’s indeed discontinued.
  • Storage – 1GB SDRAM
  • Storage – 16 GB eMMC flash, MicroSD card slot up to 32GB
  • Display – 7-inch capacitive touch display with 1024×600 resolution
  • Video Output – Micro HDMI port
  • Audio – 3.5mm audio jack, built-in speaker and microphone
  • Camera – 0.3MP front-facing camera
  • Networking  – 802.11b/g/n WiFi 4, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Sensors – G-Sensor
  • Misc – Volume and power buttons
  • Battery – 2,500 mAh Li-ion Battery
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A via Micro USB port
  • Dimensions –  188 x 108 x 10.5mm
  • Weight – 265 grams

Cheap Windows 10 tabletThe tablet ships with a charger and a USB cable. It comes pre-loaded with Windows 10, but it should be possible to install Linux distributions as well, as one YouTuber did last year. There used to be issues with HDMI audio in Linux on Bay Trail processors and 32-bit UEFI bootloaders but I understand those have been resolved.

CNX Software condemns child and elderly abuse in no uncertain terms, and I would NOT recommend buying this as a tablet for your child or grandma, simply because it will be incredibly sluggish, and only suitable to run one program at a time. It might still be interesting for people needing a touchscreen display for a human-machine interface (HMI), especially if the software only runs on x86 hardware, or for other single-purpose tasks.

The “PLOYER  MOMO7W” Atom Z3735G tablet was released in 2015, and it’s now cheaper than the larger PineTab Linux tablet, at just $55.27 including shipping but excluding taxes for readers in the European Union.

Thanks to theguyuk for the tip.

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Anonymous
Anonymous
1 month ago

Windows 10 on 1 GB SDRAM

So you have chosen death…

Pete
Pete
1 month ago

Shame on Intel for ever producing such a product – it was artificially limited to 1GB by design.

‘e-waste’ even back at release, crippling a 64bit quad core CPU solely for an illusory price point.

Ty
Ty
1 month ago

Wow. I had no idea 1GB was actually a limit.

Absolutely pathetic. Even in 2014 1GB wasn’t even close to enough.

Milkboy
Milkboy
1 month ago

CNX Software condemns child and elderly abuse in no uncertain terms

Even worse, this is abuse against humanity by Intel.
Only masochist buy these crappy tablet.

for other single-purpose tasks.

Only single purpose task for this is as a paper weight.

David Willmore
David Willmore
1 month ago

Oh, that resolution, too! 1024×600 isn’t even good for watching movies. 1280×800 is acceptable in that size, but FHD would be better. Still, not for $55, though.

Benjamin Hojnik
1 month ago

Would lubuntu work on this? 1GB might just be enough in that case.

Sander
Sander
1 month ago

I have Lubuntu on a 2GB RAM laptop, and it’s not nice to use

dyom
dyom
1 month ago

I have Xubuntu on a 2 GB lappy and it’s okay. I have even done some lightweight Python dev work on it

Theguyuk
Theguyuk
1 month ago

CNX might not allow this but here is geekbench 4 windows and Linux results

https://browser.geekbench.com/v4/cpu/search?q=Intel+Atom+Z3735G

Theguyuk
Theguyuk
1 month ago

Search makeruseof with ” Smallest Linux Distros ” for some suggestions.

Blkh
Blkh
1 month ago

I have a Bay Trail MiniPC with Debian and Xfce. No problem at all to use Kodi or Youtube on Firefox with 1080p videos.

David Willmore
David Willmore
1 month ago

I have a Hyundai Protocol 8x which looks distirburbingly like this tablet with the exception of the HDMI out. It, at least, has 2GB of memory and almost runs Win10 acceptably. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone trying to get work done, but it can play videos from streaming services and browse the web–as long as you don’t keep too many tabs open. I can’t imagine how horrible it would be with 1GB of memory. Also, the G version has only one memory bank instead of the two that the F model has (my tablet has the F model). That’s… Read more »

Theguyuk
Theguyuk
1 month ago

Just did a search there are plenty powered USB otg hubs out there !

David Willmore
David Willmore
1 month ago

I must have the wrong search criteria because I couldn’t find any. Any hints?

Theguyuk
Theguyuk
1 month ago

CNX might not allow links but search amazon, from budget price https://amzn.to/380ZY7I

https://amzn.to/380Nwom

Roel
Roel
1 month ago

David,
probably this one will work: https://amzn.to/3KPgkPn

David Willmore
David Willmore
1 month ago

Thanks. I saw that one, but it says “PLEASE NOTE: It can NOT charge any smart phone or tablet.” Which makes me think it doesn’t power the host–I.E. the power it takes in is only given to the downstream devices so the phone/tablet doesn’t have to. Is that incorrect? The reviews and questions provide contradictory infromation–which isn’t reassuring.

roel
roel
1 month ago

According me it can give power to the host, as it should power a nes-classic. Maybe they mean it can’t power a android device in otg mode. I needed something similar anyway so I will buy one and report back.

David Willmore
David Willmore
1 month ago

Looks like there’s some device specific support needed for this. A bunch of posts for the android world suggest that some devices need a kernel modification to use power in OTG-Host mode. This makes sense and an OTG port has two functions–take in power and act as a TARGET *or* give power and act as a HOST. I’m asking it to do a little bit of one and a little bit of the other. There is a sense pin on the OTG connector to tell the device what role is expected of it, but that only has *two* values, so… Read more »

David Willmore
David Willmore
28 days ago

Okay, I tried two different kinds so far and neither of them worked. One of them didn’t even power the downsteam port! I’m starting to think this is a fools errand.

Milkboy
Milkboy
28 days ago

There are 2 other solution you can try:

  1. Try looking at the board for unpopulated usb connection.I remember that my old z3735f chinese tablet has two usb port soldered on the board.
  2. Did you try OTG with charging port pass tru? you can also make your own OTG Y-cable
David Willmore
David Willmore
27 days ago

I don’t know how the two devices I tried are wired. I can take a look inside of the case and look to see if there’s a separate uUSB connector. Thanks for the suggestion.

Theguyuk
Theguyuk
27 days ago

Does this explain your problems ?

If link allowed https://blog.workshoptwelve.com/2019/01/04/otg-usb-charge-hub-wtf/

David Willmore
David Willmore
23 days ago

I have the feeling I am about to cut open a mini-USB B cable and start soldering…..

Tomáš Jíra
Tomáš Jíra
1 month ago

Not bad for use as a HMI panel.

PhilS
PhilS
1 month ago

Comparing purchasing a crappy tablet to child and elderly abuse is one of the most bizarre things that I have ever seen written and almost makes a mockery of real abuse.

If it was something written by Fox News or Donald Trump then it would be no surprise but from CNX …?

I certainly agree that nobody should go near one of these unless it is given away free in a cereal box but let’s have some real perspective please.

Tuff Professional
Tuff Professional
1 month ago

It’s a joke dude, relax

David
David
1 month ago

You’re witnessing TDS. The concept of “relax” has vanished in PhilS.

David Willmore
David Willmore
29 days ago

Talk about not being able to take a joke.

David Jashi
1 month ago

The only sane use case that comes to mind – OpenHAB control panel.

Jerry
Jerry
1 month ago

Or any other smart home UI. Home assistant seems more common. Python is much better as a language than those compiled behemoths. The touch screen component for my smart home costs $1500 from the official vendor. Pretty standard 800×480 display, proximity sensor, capacitive touch screen. Would be nice if those could be replaced with cheaper alternatives in the future.

Tuff Professional
Tuff Professional
1 month ago

Just as a curiosity, is the Pi4 more powerful than this Atom on the CPU side?

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 month ago

Pi4 has a slightly higher PassMark score. Probably not a good comparison but it’s not where you want your x86 chip.

The problem is that Pi4 has the weird Broadcom GPU and is anomalously slow for a quad-core Cortex-A72. And the Z3735G’s problem is that 1 GB RAM limit.

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Aapo Tahkola
Aapo Tahkola
1 month ago

I have chuwi hi8 pro with 2gb ram i think and fhd graphics. It was not entirely horrible but the issue is cannot update windows because it ran out of disk space. I was not able to get the updates running. I recall booting linux had no touch support and had some stability issues. It is pretty difficult to do anything useful with it.

Willy
1 month ago

Well, crappy software is more to blame than the hardware, to be honest. Most of us have known the time where it was recommended to upgrade a PC from 4 to 8 MB to run the fresh new Windows95 well, and those lucky to have 16 MB were extremely happy with quite a snappy system. What has changed since then ? Code quality, horribly sluggish interfaces, and massive availability of memory that serves as an excuse for keeping tons of useless objects in RAM instead of thinking how to access them. Just start firefox 91 on an Atom, wait for… Read more »

AntonyIndia
AntonyIndia
1 month ago

+1

Jerry
Jerry
1 month ago

Slower software improves hardware sales. New hardware enables buying new and slower software. There’s a certain form of co-operation going on here.

Besides people expect improvements in functionality. E.g. latest Firefox can run hardware accelerated video on Wayland in a RDD sandbox. You can’t play HW accelerated H.264 or H.265 at 4k using only 4-8 MB of RAM, but it’s possible when you have 8 GB like in RPi 4B.

Morti
Morti
1 month ago

I have the exact same tablet with previous gen processor. The build quality is absolute crap, the thing doesn’t charge fast enough for it to run, throttles the cpu hugely and the screen is rubbish, touchscreen doesn’t register fast enough and is inaccurate. Among many other things. It’s just e-waste, Jean I think you have a responsibility to ensure people don’t buy poor quality crock. I’m sad to see you promote such devices, my last purchase was from your website. I feel so strongly about Chinese products the manufacturer sells at a price knowing the quality is too poor for… Read more »

Morti
Morti
1 month ago

Shame on the person “theukguy” for sending you this to promote, fellow countryman.. that I question is actually from the UK. Where are you?

Jerry
Jerry
1 month ago

The real problem here is the SoC. The problem is equally bad with previous and next gen Atoms. Intel couldn’t make them energy efficient. Another problem is, the USB micro connector is pretty bad for conducting current. Tablets can’t use the GPIO pins for powering the device unlike Raspberry Pies. Then again Raspberries have ARM SoC which works much better with limited current.

Patreon my stats yo
Patreon my stats class yo
1 month ago

Amazing deprecated 3y yet produced thing.
Sort of a single use thing for drilling in stats mode to teach statistics and accounting and installing a micro bsd kernel that nonetheless acts reasonably as a bluetooth or LoRaWan host. If it charges wirelessly maybe the same teacher will be successful teaching the class to pass on the hardware to the next class

dbjungle
dbjungle
1 month ago

I had 2GB ram tablet like this and I couldn’t get Manjaro running on it so I tossed it a few months back.

Charles phillips
Charles phillips
29 days ago

Microcenter has a quad core n3450 soc 4gigram ddr4 64gig emmc, 4g lte 8 hour battery laptop for 79.00 right now. Its a great machine, and you can extract w10 coa, install w11 fresh and activate w11 pro edu with same coa free!!! It runs w11 well! Better then w10 even, go to inyel website and download soc video driver and its even better yet in w11, remove 4glte modem and you can install b+m sata m.2 and get 5to 600 read and write speeds, emmc gets like 150/230 write. 250ish read, Witch is not bad, sd card slot is… Read more »

Erik
Erik
28 days ago

It sounds quite decent for that price, similar machines are regularly sold for nearly 200€ or more over there, but Microcenter doesn’t ship outside the US, so unfortunately it’s not really an option for a lot of people. One small note, RAM appears to be LPDDR4 according to what I can gather, which is natively dual channel even hen using a single die.

Someone
Someone
29 days ago

Throw the money to a 🗑️ and the effect will be same.

cacarr
cacarr
29 days ago

You have elected the way of … Pain!

Things that should no longer exist:

Bay Trail
1386 x 768 displays

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