Samsung along with Google are doing great things together. They are making Android powered devices more intuitive and affordable too. The South Korean tech conglomerate has finally rolled out much awaited tablet with the sticker price of Rs. 13,990. The Samsung Tab 2 311 is a W-Fi ready tablet with Android Jelly Bean 4.1 inside.
And now the question pop up - Has Samsung finally finds out a way out to crack price conscious Indian market?
India is, of course, a price sensitive market and many well-known players haven't set the market on fire. Micromax and other Indian tablet makers are known for offering tablets at much less price, when compared to their international counterparts. But this time, a well known Korean brand offers a tablet less than Rs. 15,000. Prior to Samsung, another major player - BlackBerry, earlier known as Research in Motion (RIM) offered a tablet for Rs. 13,490. The limited offering was made mainly due to the fact that Playbook didn't fare well.
Coming on to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 311, it is a new shiny gadget in the Indian market. So, it is obvious that Gizbot will be doing a brief tour by studying highlighted features of the slick device. Let's get cracking.
Display and Design
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 311 is a decent attempt by the Korean giant. The device has a 7-inch PLS TFT LCD display with resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. No big surprise here in terms of resolution. Samsung has one unified design for all its Android run devices. The budget tablet is very similar to its big cousin - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 310(priced at Rs.19, 000) in terms of design reference. This budget tablet comes into shiny plastic chassis. The tablet weighs around 341 grams. It has a VGA camera on the front for long video chats. Over all, a solid piece of tech with great Korean sensibilities.
Processor and Operating system
Samsung has gone with a 1GHz dual-core processor so the performance will be fast and zippy. And let's not forget that the tablet is a budget centric device. The company used 4,000mAh battery to juice up the device. It's not great, but again - the tablet is priced below Rs.15, 000. Talking about the mobile operating OS - Android Jelly Bean 4.1, of course, offers great experience. The Jelly Bean 4.1 give users - the best keyboard experience of a mobile device, better map capabilities and great voice search built-in features. Android offers plethora of great apps for daily usage. If you are a gamer then play Temple Run 2 without any issues- thanks to dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM.
Camera and Miscellaneous Features
The tablet comes with a 3-mega pixel rear camera with 720p video recorder as well. Sorry folks, no 1080p video recording capability. But the device supports 1080p HD video playback. One can also click pictures in Panaroma mode. Other highlighted features include: W-Fi, USB 2.0 and Bluetooth 3.0. The most disappointing feature has to be lack of 3G support. The tablet is available in 16 GB (internal storage) capacity.
Competition Check - iPad Mini and Nexus 7
Do not dare to think that - only Samsung - offers tablets in India. There are other brands as well who are offering their tablet devices. The most well-known and the great tablet maker - Apple is selling its iPad Mini for Rs. 21,990 onwards. The iPad Mini is a miniature version of iPad 2. The specs are not great, but the price is just optimum for the Indian market. The device has a display size of 7.9-inches with resolution of 1,024 X 768 pixels (163 ppi), A5 dual -core chip (clocks at 1GHz), unknown RAM, 5-mega pixels rear camera and FaceTime front -facing camera.
The tablet runs iOS 6.1 and compatible with app store. The biggest bummer of iPad Mini: it has no Retina Display. And the biggest strong point of getting an iPad Mini: mouth watering catalog of 275,000 apps made only for an iPad. But the 16 GB iPad Mini (W-Fi) costs around Rs. 21,990 while promise of 10 hour battery backup from Apple.
Another tablet device that made strong impressions of consumer mind is Google Nexus 7. The tablet has everything you expect: a 7-inch display with resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels (216ppi), 1GB of RAM, 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core processor, no rear camera /1.2-mega pixel front facing camera, 16/32GB of internal storage, W-Fi, 4,325mAh battery , 340grams weight and 8-9 hours of battery backup. The tablet runs stock Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Asking price- a cool Rs.19,999, but low visibility in the retail shelves is the biggest disappointment. Even the price is much on a higher side when compared to other countries.
Well, both the premium branded tabs present in the market right now are high on price points when compared to the latest Samsung tab. Moreover, Galaxy Tab 2 311 is also not behind them as far as features are concerned. Going by Samsung's reputation in the market and its devices offered, tech analysts predict that blindly consumers can opt for the newly launched tablet, which will surely affect the sales of iPad mini and Google Nexus 7.
Well in the end, one question to you! Would you like buy Samsung branded Galaxy Tab 2 311 for Rs. 13,990? Let us know in the comments section below.
Going by the specifications and highlighted features, it has a fair chance of being a best seller, at least in India. Consumers can now pre-order the tablet from Samsung India estore.