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So far, this year has been a great one for tablets as far as the Indian market is concerned. 'Forget about outdoing Apple iPads and give us the features that finally improve the way we work at a budget price,' is the mantra of Indian consumers. And the homegrown manufacturers seem to have captured this pulse of the audience, as they have filled the Android battlefield with competitive tablet at all possible price points.
Several native tech manufacturers have launched their latest offerings with the Jelly Bean OS including Karbonn, Wickedleak, iBall with an aim to quench the needs of the budget conscious consumers who like to try advanced features by shedding minimal cost.
The latest Jelly Bean offering comes from Lava Mobiles as the NCR based tech firm has launched E-Tab Xtron in the last week at a price of Rs 6,770.
Speaking of specs, E-Tab Xtron boasts a 7 inch IPS multi-touch display with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, 1.5GHz dual core Cortex A9 processor, quad core GPU, 2MP front camera, 8GB internal storage of which 5GB is available to the users, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage, Wi-Fi, 3G via dongle and a 3,500 mAh battery delivering up to 4 hours backup on Wi-Fi.
Price & Availability
Priced at Rs 6,770, Lava E-Tab Xtron is listed by Infibeam, one of the leading online shopping sites has listed the tablet at a price of Rs 6,499.
E-Tab Xtron Against Market Dominators
Being the first Jelly Bean based Lava device, E-Tab Xtron comes with a good spec sheet and is quite impressive considering its price. While there are very few 7 inch Android Jelly Bean offerings in the country from homegrown vendors, the Lava offering might create great hopes for the company. The Indian tablet space might be highly dominated by global vendors - Samsung and Applel, apart from Micromax and other India based manufacturers, however, E-Tab Xtron has enough features to claim it is one of the best offerings in the market currently.
E-Tab Xtron has a stunning and elegant design flaunting an aluminum back panel that gives a rich feel, makes it durable and easy to clean and maintain. The ergonomic design makes it a stress-free use and the user can carry wherever they go.
The bright 7 inch 1024 x 600 pixel multi-touch display coupled with an innovative design makes it ideal for reading books, playing games and watching video more vividly owing to its great viewing angles which uses the IPS panel technology. IPS display technology resolves the limitations including relatively slow response, small viewing angles and low quality color reproduction.
Dual Core Processor
ARM Cortex A9 processor is power efficient and offers high- performance in low power or cost sensitive devices. The processor is used in smartphones, tablets, digital TV, consumer and enterprise applications to ensure a connected life. The dual core Cortex A9 processor offers an overall performance enhancement of above 50% as compared to the previous versions of the chip. Hence, the dual core processor used in Lava offers efficient performance despite of being priced competitively.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS
This the first time, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean launched in June 2012 is being incorporated on a Lava device. The platform has new features including Project Butter for smoother and more responsive interface, expandable and contractible notifications, resizable app widgets, live wallpaper preview, high resolution contact photos, improved Android Beam, better camera interface and improved Google Now. Hence, the E-Tab Xtron tablet will offer a superior user experience to the consumers.
E-Tab Xtron provides an exceptional connected experience to the users. The tablet supports 3G USB dongles for high speed internet access apart from its usual features like Wi-Fi. To give a great out-of-the-box experience to users, Lava has pre-loaded various gaming, social networking and productivity apps on the tablet including Facebook, Office Suite, YouTube, Nimbuzz, Twitter, Flash Player, Adobe reader, TOI, Fusion, Pizza Ninja, Solitaire, Chess, Memory Game, Sudoku, Mine Sweeper and Ping Pong.