In a recent development, iBall has uncovered its first dual-core and IPS display based tablet in India dubbed as iSlide 9702 bearing a price tag of Rs 14,999. With impressive specs, the manufacturer has claimed that it is the most advanced tablet launched into the price-conscious Indian market so far.
Commenting on the launch of iSlide i9702, Mr Sandeep Parasrampuria, Director was quoted stating, “iBall Slide i9702 is a 9.7” tablet with dual core processing capabilities and quad core graphic processor. Excellent performance and equally great looks makes the product superb for any user. It’s big 9.7” screen is considered to be the most comfortable for the business users as well as for those who want great experience for gaming and video.”
Lets have a look at the detailed specs of the new iBall tablet.
Display: iSlide i9702 sports a 9.7 inch IPS capacitive touchscreen display of undisclosed resolution, however, analysts assume that it will boast a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.
Processor: The tablet is equipped with a dual core 1.5GHz processor and a dedicated quad core Mali GPU.
Operating System: Similar to many other Android tablets, the latest iBall offering is also flavored with Android ICS.
Storage: The tablet packs 8GB internal storage, 1GB RAM and micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage.
Camera: When it comes to camera optics, the tablet has 2MP front and rear camera.
Connectivity: In terms of connectivity, iSlide i9702 comes with Wi-Fi, USB OTG and Host Port and HDMI features.
Battery: As claimed by the company, the tablet is loaded with an 8,000 mAh battery capable of offering up to 7 hours of backup.
iSlide i9702 comes with preloaded apps including Facebook, Zomato, IBN Live, Moneycontrol, Nimbuzz, Cricket Next and Document Viewer.
iBall iSlide i9702 is priced at Rs 14,999, which is quite reasonable for its high-end specs like IPS display.
Can It Dwarf Android Tycoons of The Market?
When talking about the Android tablet market in India, especially the second quarter of this year with over half a million units shipped across the country, Micromax, a budget tech manufacturer has taken the lead position by surpassing Samsung and Apple.
Tech experts believe increase in shipments is due to entry of new tablet vendors and introduction of products at low price points.
According to a report by CyberMedia Research on the overall tablets market, Micromax led with 18.4% share, followed by Samsung at second position with 13.3% and Apple at the third slot with 12.3% in terms of sales in 2Q 2012.
With the launch of iSlide i9702, iBall has definitely packed the tablet with out-of-box specs and features, when compared to Micromax tablet offerings which lack an IPS Display and quad core G400 Mali graphics processor so far.
Hence it can be said that with the current release at a budget price point, iBall has entered into a direct fight with Micromax products that are making scorching sales in India. And possibilities are quite apparent can iBall can dent the tablet arena and evolve out as a prominent player in the Indian market.
However, in the end, everything depends on the consumer's reaction on the performance capabilities of iSlide i9702. Let us know your opinion in comments, can iBall survive in the competition and prove to be a rival to Micromax's domination in the Android tablet market?