If you've never heard of Hisense, or you didn't know they made tablets, I wouldn't blame you. And for our part, we've done little to draw attention to its products. That doesn't mean they aren't desirable. People are buying its budget-friendly Sero 7 tablets, and some are even demanding that the source files get released. A quick visit to the company's Facebook page reveals more than a few comments on the matter. Well, Hisense has delivered.

As you can see, the company has released the kernel source for both the LT and Pro versions of the Sero 7. Neither is a particularly stunning piece of hardware, but since they won't set you back much, either could make for a decent tablet to put ROMs on. After all, that's the primary reason people generally want to see kernel source released. These files are needed to get the party started.


Not wasting any time, a developer has already produced a modified version of CyanogenMod 11 with Android 4.4 using the files. If you're also jonesing for some tinkering, you can get your hands on them yourself by following the links below.

LT Kernel Source, Pro Kernel Source

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • earth

    Picked one of these up a while back and have tried many cheap Android tabs over years. Sero 7 Pro is one of best so far for price. KitKat is already ported, Tegra 3 games run great and now that kernel source is available, ROMs should take off. Can get at Walmart and return in 15 days if u don't likey.

    • Donda

      Mine comes tomorrow can't wait to tinker with it :)

  • Trent Callahan

    Might pick the Pro up to do some tinkering on. Thanks for the info!

  • mbc663

    Randomblame is the man

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  • http://www.feirox.com/ Anik Halder

    Can someone download it for me?

  • BigJohn89

    It may not be a stunning piece of hardware, but for the price, you can't go wrong. Especially if you aren't a heavy tablet user, and are just looking for something to augment your phone.

  • jeffmd

    If you don't consider the 7 pro stunning then you must have though the same about the nexus 7 2012, cause they are the same..except this is better! Anyways can't wait for a %100 working 4.4 rom! -_-

    • TylerChappell

      Nothing about this is better. And you must not understand the concept of time. Something can be stunning one year, and totally mundane the next in the technology world.

      • jeffmd

        I have all sorts of things I could say now... but instead I'm just going to say you are a bad editor, and you should feel bad. Someone clearly handed you this report and you typed it up with almost no research accept to maybe one of the spec repositories just to verify it was an actual product.

        Google it, read the reviews, and read why a lot of people find it better then the nexus 7 (2012).

        • TylerChappell

          Did that. I also realize that the only people buying these are ones that are seemingly oblivious to all of HiSense's mediocre, low-quality, bottom-shelf, bucket scraping products, and it's not like this product will ever keep up with even the 2012 Nexus 7 in Android updates. These products will just become dust collectors, and quite frankly, no one will remember them and it won't matter that they ever even existed in the first place.

          • jeffmd

            Well, those of us who own them will remember them. It is true it may be a while before we see kit kat (although I think many regret updating to kit kat considering the high program incompatibility rate sans-updates) and that was easily the big negative for the sero series. It is also clear that despite many twitter and facebook messages saying so, we will probably never see a 4.3 or 4.4 from them officially. However at least the source code you reported on will help get us one step closer to kit kat (we already have a 4.3 ROM out before the source code release) . And when that happens then what? The nexus 2012 only had updates going for it.

            And no we weren't oblivious to hisense's product line, that is why we are all shocked that such a product came from them. It is also why many of us purchased it knowingly that we would likely not see updates to the OS. However with that said, you can't name anything bad about the hisense. It offers MORE features then the nexus 7, it features the same quality screen, and the same performance at a cheaper price point. And there isn't anything in kit kat that I am missing out on. If it comes down the line, great, if not, I'm still playing games and watching movies through the TV and rocken with a 64 meg sd card (funny enough the card was intended for my evo 3d, but that thing just bugged the heck out when playing back music off it. The hisense loves it though).

  • TylerChappell

    I was in Walmart about 2 days ago and saw 3 of these craptastic Sero tablets get picked up by people. One of them is only a 4GB tablet, which has basically only 1.5GB of usable space on it. For like $90-$100. I feel sorry for anyone buying these who isn't a tinkerer who plans to put CM on it.

    • http://www.unexpectedparameters.com Aaron Hurt

      I think you grabbed a Sero 7 LT not the pro...

      • TylerChappell

        Whichever one I was looking at, they were all junk.

        • Tyzer24

          Tyler-You need to look at the reviews on the Pro model. Its pretty sweet. I picked up a refurbished unit at newegg a few weeks ago. Kick ass tablet for 83 bucks!

        • Morten Vinding Svendsen

          Don't feed the troll!

          The Hisense Sero 7 Pro is a great tablet with a display on par with (if not better than) a iPad-mini (at least better resolution)!
          But if Tyler want to troll just let him :)

    • jeffmd

      No you did not see 3 of these.. there are only 2 configurations. Do not confuse the sero line with things like the next book. The sero 7 LT does have some poor hardware specs, but the 7 pro is tegra 3 based and is the nexus 7 PLUS better options like hdmi out and sd card.

  • beneyre

    Sorry to sound like i dont have a clue but to be honest i dont, what does this "kernal" do and how do i put it on my sero 7 pro, also i have the 32 gd version does this make a differance, thanks in advance.

  • John J Johnson

    I bought a Sero 7 lt at the pawn shop for a first tablet it suppose to be andriod 4.1.1 but whay cant i download apps like the wwe app