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According to a study on the dual SIM market in India, over 71 million subscribers in the country use multiple SIM cards and 61% of handsets used by multi-SIM owners are dual SIM. With the increasing popularity of dual SIM based smartphones, the tablet manufacturers have also started jumped to the bandwagon of dual SIM.
With a plethora of local and a few global manufacturers coming up with dual SIM tablets, it is evident that the consumer tech market in the country is soon going to witness flurry of such devices.
Seeing the success of such devices, HCL with several voice calling tablets in its portfolio has come up with its first dual SIM tablet - Me Y3 in India at Rs 11,999. As of now, the tablet is available on pre-order on Snapdeal.com - a popular deals website.
Speaking of specifications, Me Y3 packs a 7 inch capacitive multi-touchscreen with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, 1GHz Cortex A9 processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage, micro SD card supporting up to 32GB, 2MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera, Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich platform, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3,100 mAh battery.
With this information, it is clear that HCL has entered into a direct fight with all the other companies that have already launched voice calling tablets into the market with reasonable price tags. Companies including Samsung, Lenovo, Byond, iBall and more have come up with similar offerings in India with impressive specifications.
Take a glance at the slideshow below to know about five best challengers of the new HCL tablet offering.
Lenovo IdeaTab A2107
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich based IdeaTab A2107 packs a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, 1GHz Cortex A9 MediaTek processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage 2MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera, in-built 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro USB and a battery delivering up to 8 hours backup.
With a price tag of Rs 14,000, the latest Lenovo offering with its standard specifications will definitely be a rival to the HCL tablet with as both have similar specifications and retail at an almost similar price tag.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 P3100
Galaxy Tab 2 has a 7 inch PLS capacitive display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, 1GHz dual core processor, 3MP rear camera, 0.3MP VGA front camera, 1GB RAM, 8GB/16GB internal memory, micro SD card for expandable memory up to 32GB, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetoooth, micro USB 2.0 and a 4,000 mAh Li-ion battery with 20 hours talk time and 800 hours standby.
Priced at Rs 19,300, the Galaxy Tab might be expensive as compared to the HCL Me Y3, however, it received the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade and has better camera performance and improved battery backup. Hence, it could be a stiff competitor to the HCL tablet.
Byond Mi-Book Mi7
As the popularity of voice calling tablets is on the rise, Pune based manufacturer Byond has also come up with Mi-Book Mi7 priced at Rs 10,999.
Byond Mi-Book Mi7 sports a 7 inch capacitive display with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, Android 4.0 ICS OS, 1GHz Cortex A9 processor, 512MB RAM. Furthermore, the tablet will house 2 MP rear and VGA front camera, 8GB internal storage, which is expandable up to 32GB with micro-SD card slot, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 3,200 mAh Li-ion battery.
iBall iSlide 7334
iBall Slide 3G 7334 comes along with a 7-inch HD capacitive touchscreen with a 1024 x 600 resolution, 1GHz Cortex A9 processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, 2MP camera rear, VGA camera on the front, internal memory of 8GB, the capacity can be expandable up to 32 GB with a microSD card, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi capability, USB ports and a host port.
Priced at Rs 10,999, the dual SIM iBall offering could be a potential rival of the HCL tablet with its similar specifications.
Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite
Huawei has recently launched a tablet in India with a 7 inch IPS capacitive touchscreen display of 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, 1.2GHz Cortex A8 processor, Android 4.0 ICS operating system, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB expandable storage, 3.2MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera for video calling, Bluetooth, 3G, Wi-Fi, micro USB and a 4,100 mAh Li-Po battery offering 12 hours of talk time and 200 hours standby.
Priced at Rs 13,700, the Huawei tablet with a better backup and rear camera can be considered a stiff competitor to HCL Me Y3.