Homegrown Indian brand iBall has launched a new tablet for users seeking smartphone functionality with a much larger screen. The product has been dubbed as the Slide Brace XJ and will set you back Rs. 19,999. Let’s have a look at what the tablet has to offer.To start off, it being a tablet, has a large 10.1-inch IPS LCD display having a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. This brings its pixel density to about 150 PPI which is just about decent if you intend to view video content. Speaking of its design, the tablet has a curvy body and comes with a built-in stand to hold it vertically when you are using it to watch movies. The device will ship in a flashy gold colour variant that looks good.
Underneath its hood, the Slide Brace XJ is powered by an octa-core MediaTek processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. It also has a Mali T720 GPU to aid it in graphics performance. Overall, the processor is not the most powerful one around and you might see a few lags every now and then, but it will manage to pull through most applications. In terms of storage, the offering will come with 32GB of internal memory which can be expanded up to 64GB through its microSD card slot.
In the optics department, the tablet has two sets of cameras on either side of the device. The primary camera is located on the back and features an 8-megapixel autofocus sensor which can be used to capture average quality images. It also has an LED flash but despite it, you might not want to use the camera in poor lighting. On the front, for video calling purposes, iBall has included a 5-megapixel camera. On the software side of things, the tablet will ship with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. There is no official word yet regarding the device seeing an update to Android Oreo.
The Slide Brace XJ despite being a tablet can quickly double up as a smartphone once you are out of your home or WiFi zone. It comes with support for up to 4G with voice calling through VoLTE. It also supports other connectivity options like Bluetooth and GPS. It has a microUSB port for transferring data and charging up its 7,800mAh battery unit. This battery is large enough to last you through a day with nominal use.
At a price point of Rs. 19,999, can the iBall Slide Brace compete with smartphones that cost less and have large enough screens, especially since bezels on smartphones are getting slimmer? What are your views? Do let us know on Facebook and Twitter.