iBall has a new tablet called the Slide i9702 that is ready to take on the budget tablet competition in India.
The tablet, which is part of the iBall Performance Series, is the first Indian-made tablet that sports a dual-core processor and an IPS display. Its specifications are also said to make it the most advanced tablet among the several budget-friendly tablets produced in the country. iBall envisions the tablet to be suitable for use in business, gaming, and video playback.
The Slide i9702 tablet features a 9.7 inch IPS capacitive multi-touch touchscreen display whose resolution is unknown, but it estimated to be 1024 x 768 pixels. It is also packed with a dual core 1.5GHz processor, a full gigabyte of DDR3 RAM, and a quad core Mali graphics processor. It runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The tablet likewise boasts of 8GB of storage capacity that can be expanded through a built-in microSD card slot, which supports up to 32GB of extra storage.
As for its cameras, the Slide i9702 comes with a front-facing and a rear-facing camera, both of which have 2-megapixel image sensors.
Connectivity-wise, the tablet offers Wi-Fi, USB Host, USB OTG, and HDMI. 3G connectivity is allowed, as well, through an external dongle.
The tablet is powered by a 8,000 mAh battery that can be used for up to 7 hours between charging sessions.
To make the tablet ready for use right out of the box, iBall preinstalled apps such as Facebook, IBN Live, Nimbuzz, Document Viewer, Moneycontrol, Cricket Next, and Zomato. For these specifications, the iBall Slide i9702 is priced at Rs 14,999.
In India, iBall faces competition from Micromax, a manufacturer of budget tablets that is proving to be competitive, even against the worldwide electronics giants Apple and Samsung. In fact, according to CyberMedia Research, Micromax had an 18.4% share in the tablet market in India during the second quarter of this year. Meanwhile, Samsung enjoyed only 13.3%, and Apple only 12.3%. An estimate of half a million tablet units has reportedly been shipped across India during the same quarter.
To compete against Micromax, therefore, iBall needs to highlight its tablet’s combination of decent specifications and a reasonable price.