Amid rumors that the tablet market is showing signs of decline, Asus has debunked reports by launching a new cheaper Fonepad 7 tablet in India. The 3G-enabled tablet has a 7-inch display, and is priced at Rs. 8,999. The cheaper Nexus 7 tablet will appeal to kids and college going students.
The budget tablet, which runs on Google's Android mobile OS, sports a 7-inch display having a resolution of 1024 x 600-pixels. It is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Atom 2520 processor, paired with 1GB of RAM, 4GB of on-board storage and a microSD card slot.
The slate also features a 2-megapixel rear camera as well as a VGA quality front-facing shooter. The Fonepad 7 is running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS with Asus' native Zen-UI slap on top.
The device also has a 3950mAh battery fitted inside. The biggest highlight of the Asus Fonepad 7 tablet appears to its ability to support 3G voice -calling. Yes indeed, the tablet does support dual-SIM.
Connectivity wise, the new slate offers 3G supports, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, G-sensor, a micro-SD card slot, amongst others. The tablet will arrive in three attractive colors: Blue, Red and Black.
Asus' latest budget tablet may pose a big threat to Samsung and Apple in the domestic Indian tablet market. And on the other hand, tablets sees first quarterly decline due to rise of phablets. There's an indication that tablet manufacturers need to launch large screen (between 8 and 10-inches) tablets in order to see healthy numbers.
Meanwhile, we've prepared a list of top 5 tablets that will compete against the Asus Fonepad 7 in respect of price and features. Take a look into sliders below to know more.
Flipkart Digiflip Pro XT712
The Digiflip Pro XT 712 comes with a 7-Inch IPS display which offers an HD resolution of a 1280x800pixels and comes with a metallic body. The latest tablet is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MTK8382 quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. It runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS. The slate offers a 16GB of internal storage along with a microSD card slot that can be expanded by an additional 32GB. The device also sports a 5-megapixel rear camera with Auto Focus and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera as well. Connectivity options include 3G support, voice calling, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. And also add a dual-SIM card slots. It is powered by a 3,000mAh battery which the company claims to offer a talktime of 8-hours.
Asking price - Rs. 9,999
Google Nexus 7
The Nexus 7 2013 edition has a 7-inch 16:10 Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200pixels and 10-finger multi-touch. It is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064-1AA, with Krait 300 cores) processor tuned to 1.5GHz coupled with 2GB of RAM. The device runs on Android 4.4 Kitkat OS. The slate offers a 5MP rear camera and a 1.2 MP front facing shooter as well. Other connectivity options remain the same with Bluetooth, 3G, NFC, Wireless charging, GPS, GLONASS, MicroUSB and also HDMI output. The all new Nexus 7 is powered by a non-removable Li-Ion 3950 mAh battery which the company claims to offer up to 9 hours of HD video playback and 10 hours of web browsing or e-reading.
Asking price - Rs. 16,999
Acer Iconia A1-713
Acer Iconia A1-713 sports a 7-inch display having a resolution of 1,024 x 600-pixels. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor (MediaTek chipset), paired with 1GB of RAM , 16GB of on-board storage and a microSD card slot for memory expansion. The slate is running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (upgradable to Android 4.4 Kitkat). The tablet also features a 2-megapixel rear-camera and a VGA quality front-facing shooter. There's also a included 3,400mAh battery fitted inside, that promises to run at least 6 hours on a single charge. The tablet, which has a metallic finish, weighs-in at 298g and measures 8.9mm in terms of thickness. The connectivity options available are as follows: 3G with voice calling, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth4.0.
Asking price - Rs. 12,999
Milagrow M2Pro 3G Call (8GB)
Milagrow M2Pro 3G Call comes packed with a 6.5-inch (800 x 480 pixels) capacitive touch screen display and is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core MediaTek MT6572 processor and 533 MHz Mali 400 GPU coupled with 1GB RAM. It runs on Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS. Other specs include: Dual SIM (standard + micro SIM) with Voice Calling, 2MP rear camera with LED flash, 0.3MP (VGA) front-facing camera, 8GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32GB with micro SD, 3G (via SIM card slots), WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and a 2800 mAh battery.
Asking price - Rs. 8,990
iBall Slide 3G Q7271-IPS20
The latest iBall Slide 3G Q7271 comes with a 7-inch (1024 x 600 pixels) IPS display. It is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor with Mali-400MP GPU. For multi-tasking purpose, users will get 1GB RAM, and the device runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat) OS. Imaging quality of quite humble in this tablet with the inclusion of 2MP rear camera with LED flash and 0.3MP (VGA) front-facing camera. However, users will get 8GB internal memory which can be further expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. Connectivity options include: 3G HSPA+ (via SIM card slots), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n , Bluetooth, GPS / A-GPS and a Dual SIM support with dual standby. It is powered by a 3000 mAh battery.
Asking price - Rs. 8,303