7-Eleven strikes deal with Hon Hai to sell tablets and notebooks in Taiwan

Alexis Santos
A. Santos|10.02.13

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The stars have aligned in such a way that two of our favorite, yet disparate interests are crossing paths: gadgets and Slurpees. Hon Hai Precision Industry (better known as Foxconn's parent company) has struck a deal with 7-Eleven, and will manufacture slates for the latter to sell in Taiwan. Details are slim on the 7-inch (7.11-inch?) tablet, but it's now up for pre-order, and the pair hope to give 3,000 units new homes in the first three months of sales. As absurd as it sounds, this isn't the first partnership between the unlikely couple. In June, a similar deal resulted in 7-Eleven-branded TVs (in 40-, 60- and 70-inch flavors), and over 15,000 have been sold since. Now, a 50-inch set has been added to the mix, and between five and ten new products -- which include smartphones and laptops -- will be available by years' end. Rather than crowding the inside of shops with the gadgets, the televisions were up for order through the convenience store's 7net website as well as brick and mortar locations, and it appears the other hardware will follow suit. We don't expect the gas station to dabble in electronics stateside, so you might as well make the most of a trip to Taiwan and pick up a Honey Lemon Slurpee while you're at it.

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