Mercury, a player in computer peripherals, has launched its first tablet in India for just Rs 9,499. The tablet, called mTab, is based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and features a 1.2 GHz 3-core processor, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB inbuilt storage with an expandable memory of up to 32 GB.
It is very similar to recently launched Beetel Magiq tablet.
In terms of specification though Mercury tablet beats the Magiq hands down with better processor (1GHz in Magiq Vs 1.2 GHz in mTab), latest Android version (Android 2.2 in Beetel Vs Android 2.3 of mTab), and its capacitive touchscreen in contrast to the resistive in Magiq.
In terms of specification, mTab is even better than the Reliance 3G Tab. However, all will depend on the actual performance.
On the connectivity front, the Mercury mTab has support for both 3G and WiFi network. It will also offer customised 3G packages as a bundled add-on with the tablet for free internet surfing. However, the details will be announced in the first week of September when the tablet will hit the retail stores.
There is a 1.3 megapixel front camera for video conferencing and creating videos. The company claims that the mTab can play videos continuously for four hours and supports all photo and music formats. It measures 19.3cm X 11.7cm X 1.4cm, has a 7 inch WVGA TFT LCD capacitive touch display. The tablet weighs 400 grams.
Mercury mTab comes with a 4000 mAh battery which is better than most other tablets in this segment. It also comes with a
HDMI output for connecting it to a HD TV.
Commenting on the launch, Sushmita Das, country manager, India, Kobian (Mercury's parent company) said, "We are not in the league to announce the cheapest tablet in the country, we believe in providing a strong quality product backed with features and applications that are required by today's user. We promise an experience for all with a high performance display, ease of internet surfing, playing a huge range of games and it's not heavy on your pocket."
The tablet carries 1 year warranty and will be available in stores starting September.