Xolo unveils Play Tab 7.0 with quad-core Tegra 3 power, Android 4.1 and $210 price tag
Describing the ongoing partnership between smartphone and tablet manufacturer Xolo and SoC maker Nvidia as fruitful would probably be the understatement of the century, as a number of Tegra 3 and Tegra 4-powered products branded by Xolo have seen daylight of late.
There’s the Xolo Play, the first Indian smartphone to pack Tegra 3 heat, Xolo Play Tegra Note, one of the first commercial devices based on the Tegra Note reference design, and now the Xolo Play Tab 7.0, which is essentially a crossover of the two.
Like the Tegra Note and as its name hints, the Play Tab 7.0 comes with a 7-inch display in tow. One that boasts a 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution which I’d normally call fairly mediocre. But since this particular 7-incher is priced at the equivalent of $210 (Rs. 12,999), the value for money sounds about right.
Unfortunately, if you’ll happen to pit this thing against the Tegra Note, you’ll notice two big downsides on the new slate. One, there’s no stylus support, and two, the spanking new, fast and furious Tegra 4 CPU has been swapped for an almost two year-old Tegra 3.
Which begs the obvious question: are you prepared to sacrifice so much for so little, i.e. 65 bucks (Rs. 4,000), the pricing gap between the two? You tell us.
But before you do, know that the Tegra 3 inside the Play Tab 7.0 is not a slug either, featuring four active cores clocked at 1.3 GHz. Plus, there is one gig of RAM to handle multitasking, 8 GB of on-board storage with microSD support, a generously sized 4,000 mAh battery, 2 MP camera slapped on the slate’s face, pre-loaded Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB.
As for the design, there are things that work and things that don’t. Measuring 10.6 mm thick, the Xolo Play Tab 7.0 is not quite a featherweight, yet on the bright side the black-and-white color combo gives it an overall kind of distinguished vibe, don’t you think?
Source: Fone Arena