The trend of phablet started in 2011 when Samsung created waves of surprise with Galaxy Note. Since then, the flurry of 5 inch Android devices have rapidly increased.
Several companies including global and local manufacturers have come up with phablets based on the Google's operating system owing to the success of such large screen handsets. Especially, in India, the phablet vendors are coming up with dual SIM option and selling their products at attractive price points.
One such company, Zync launched its first phablet in October called Cloud Z5 at Rs 9,499. However, within a few months time, the company has come up with its new dual core variant priced at Rs 11,990.
The same strategy was followed by Micromax with the launch of the dual core variant of Canvas A100 with A100 Canvas 2 in a time span of three months.
When it comes to the improvements in the new Cloud Z5 phablet, the device has a dual core processor and an improved version of Android ICS (4.0.3) as compared to its predecessor.
However, the new Zync phablet is not the only device to come with a dual core processor as there are several others in the phablet category with the similar feature. Due to the upgradation to dual core processor, the device will offer increased performance, more memory space, increased reliability and faster multi-tasking capabilities.
Swirl through the slideshow below to know more about the specifications and 5 fierce rivals who will obstruct the path of the new Zync Cloud Z5 phablet.
Zync Cloud Z5 Dual Core
The newly launched dual core variant of Cloud Z5 packs a 5 inch 5 point multi-touch LCD capacitive touchscreen display with 800 x 480 pixel resolution, dual core 1GHz processor, Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, 8MP rear camera, a 0.3MP front camera, 4GB internal storage, 512MB RAM, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB expandable storage, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, GPS and 2,500 mAh Li-ion battery.
The latest Cloud Z5 phablet comes at a price tag of Rs 11,990, which is significantly higher than that of the predecessor.
Intex Aqua 5.0
Intex Technologies has also jumped into the bandwagon as it has come up with Aqua 5.0 - an Android phablet priced at Rs 9,999.
Speaking of specs, Aqua 5.0 flaunts a 5 inch multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, dual core 1GHz processor, Android 4.0 ICS OS, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera for video calling, 4GB internal memory, 512MB RAM, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional memory, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth 2.0 and GPS and a 2,000 mAh battery.
Again, with a lesser price tag and better front camera, the Intex phablet could be a stiff competitor for the Zync offering, however, the latter has a stronger battery and an improved rear camera performance.
Aircel has joined hands with Magicon Impex has launched a new range of dual SIM smartphones including Magicon M1, Magicon M2 and Magicon mNote at competitive price points.
Speaking of mNote, the phablet comes with a 5 inch Ultratouch touchscreen display, dual core 1GHz processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 8MP rear camera with LED flash, VGA front camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 2,000 mAh battery.
Priced at Rs 9,999, the phablet comnes packed with attractive voice and data plans from Aircel including 250 minutes talk time, 250 SMSes and 1 GB data for three months. The phones are come with a 4GB memory card and a warranty cover of 18 months.
When it comes to competition, Magicon mNote has a relatively lesser price tag and comes loaded with attractive freebies from Aircel, however, Zync Cloud Z5 comes with a better battery backup.
Micromax A100 Canvas 2
Micromax launched the dual core variant of Canvas A100, its first phablet along with minor advancements including a better camera and more, but at the same price tag.
As far as specs are concerned, A110 Canvas 2 features a 5 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, 1GHz dual core processor, 8MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera for video calling purposes, 4GB internal storage, 512MB, a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB expandable memory, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS with aGPS, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi and 1,600 mAh Li-ion battery delivering 5 hours talk time and 174 hours standby. Canvas 2 is priced at Rs 9,999.
With almost similar specifications and a lesser price tag, Micromax offering could be a threatening rival to the Zync phablet.
WickedLeak Wammy Note Dual Core
Gizbot has already done the review of Wammy Note with single core processor and Android 4.0 ICS. Now, the company has upgraded it to dual core and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The dual core variant houses a 5 inch Super HD capacitive touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixels, 1GHz dual core processor, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 4GB internal storage, 512MB RAM, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, micro USB 2.0 and a 2,500 mAh battery.
Moreover, with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean platform, Wammy Note will feature Project Butter, expandable and contractible notifications, resizable app widgets, live wallpaper preview, high resolution contact photos, improved Android Beam and many more.
While the older version was priced at Rs 11,000, the new one is priced at Rs 12,000. Moreover, on the rivals front, with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the WickedLeak offering could be a potential rival to the Zync offering.
Lava Xolo A800
After Xolo A700, the company has launched Xolo A800 featuring a 4.5 inch IPS capacitive touchscreen display with 960 x 540 pixel resolution, 1GHz dual-core MediaTek MT6577 processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, 8MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, VGA front facing camera for video chatting, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage and expandable memory option up to 32GB via microSD card.
Further, the handset comes packed with connectivity features including 3G HSPA 7.2Mbps, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v2.1, aGPS and micro USB 2.0 and is loaded with a 1,600 mAh battery and is priced at Rs 11,999.
With a similar price tag, Xolo A700 could be a rival to the dual core Zync Cloud Z5 with similar specifications.