Before Amazon announced their ebook reader called Kindle Paperwhite and Android tablets Kindle Fire HD in Indian market by June 27th, another Chinese manufacturer Huawei is also set launch their Ascend Mate, a 6 inch phablet at Rs. 28,990 in Indian market. After being first showcased at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2013, Ascend Mate will now come to India soon.
There is a vast number of devices in the current Indian market and to succeed, the device must actually have the best of the specs and a reasonable price. One reason why Micromax and Karbonn are popular in India is because they adhere to this "mantra".
Huawei has already rendered its best tablets before like Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite and Huawei MediaPad 10 Link and yet again it has brought another sleek looking 6 inch phablet in India.
Talking about the specs the Huawei Ascend Mate boasts of a 6.1-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 720x1280 pixels and 241 ppi pixel density. The Huge phablet is also protected by a corning Gorilla Glass. The Ascend Mate comes with a quad-core 1.5GHz Hi-Silicon K3V2 + Intel XMM6260 processor with 2GB RAM and a Huawei K3V2 chipset. The smartphone runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). It has 8-megapixel auto focus shooter at the rear and a 1-megapixel front camera for capturing self-images and video chat. Connectivity options include 2G, 3G, GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, WiFi, Bluetooth and USB. The phablet has a 8GB ROM which is expandable via microSD cards. The 6 inch phablet is powered by 4,050 mAh battery.
Now it is learnt that online shopping site Flipkart is selling the device for Rs. 28,990. The phone is "out of stock" from Flipkart's inventory. It is currently available on Infibeam at Rs. 28,900.
At the current stage, considering only the latest phablets, Huawei Ascend Mate is likely to compete head on with recently launched Samsung Mega 5.8 and Mega 6.3. Other possible rivals to the newly launched phablet are Swipe MTV Volt, Byond Phablet P3, Micromax Canvas HD A116 Phablet.
Here, GizBot has lined up a series of five phablets that would rival against Ascend Mate.
Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8
Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 is a dual-SIM device that has a 5.8-inch screen with qHD (540x960 pixels) resolution. It is powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core processor along with 1.5GB of RAM and features an 8-megapixel rear camera, as well as a 2-megapixel front facing camera. The phone comes with 8GB expandable storage and has a 2,600mAh battery. It runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box.
The Galaxy Mega 5.8 carries a price tag of Rs. 25,100
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3, on the other hand, sports a 6.3-inch 720x1280 display and features the same camera as that of Galaxy Mega 5.8. It is powered by a dual-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz. The Galaxy Mega has 1.5GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and A-GPS. The phablet comes with a 3,200 mAh battery and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
The Galaxy Mega 6.3 is going to cost Rs. 31,490.
The MTV Swipe Volt
Swipe MTV Volt Swipe also launched a Jelly Bean phablet with in partnership with MTV. The phablet dubbed MTV Volt that carries a 6 inch 5 point multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, 1GHz dual core MediaTek MTK 6577 processor for blazing performance, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera for video calling, 4GB internal storage, 512MB RAM, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, micro USB 2.0, 3G and a 3,200 mAh Li-Po battery. Further, MTC Volt is priced at Rs 12,399 on Flipkart.
With a superior display, quad core CPU, increased internal storage capacity and better battery, Ascend Mate could be a better choice, but at the same time, MTV Volt is priced too less.
Byond Phalbet P3
India based Byond launched Phalbet PIII an Android Jelly Bean 4.1 based phablet at Rs 11,999.
The Phablet PIII features a 6.0 inch FWVGA 5-point multi-touchscreen display, 1GHz dual core processor, 8MP auto-focus primary camera, VGA front camera, 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 2,500 mAh battery. Again, with a superior display, quad core CPU, increased internal storage capacity and better battery, Ascend Mate scores more, but, Phablet PIII is priced lesser.
Micromax Canvas HD A116
As far as specs are concerned, A116 Canvas HD houses a 5 inch HD IPS capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.2GHz quad core MediaTek MT6589 processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, 8MP rear camera, VGA front camera for video calling, 4GB internal storage, 1GB RAM, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS/A-GPS and a 2,100 mAh battery.
The Phablet is priced at Rs. 13,850 on Flipkart.