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.
- 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
The 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.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.