Beetel has now introduced a new Android tablet in India. Called Magiq II, the new tablet is meant to replace the original Magiq tablet, which was launched in India two months ago.
Magiq II features a 768 MHz (Qualcomm Snapdragon) chip instead of the earlier 1 GHz unit. This new tablet will not have internal memory either, which was 8 GB in the earlier version, and buyers will instead get an 8 GB SD card free. A spokesperson of the company confirmed this to The Mobile Indian.
The spokesperson also said that there are no other changes in the tablet apart from a slight reduction in price which now stands at Rs 9,799 vs Rs 9,999 for the original tablet. He also said that the older version will no longer be available.
Although the spokesperson did not assign any reason for this change, we see it as an impact of the Rupee’s depreciation by 11-12 per cent against the Dollar in recent months and this has put pressure on mobile handset importers to increase prices.
This new version is not nearly as good as its rivals. Reliance 3G Tab, iBall Slide and MSI Enjoy 7 are Beetel Magiq’s closest competitors. All three come with capacitive touchscreens which is better than the resistive technology Magiq uses. Moreover, Magiq also comes with Android 2.2 which is a generation old compared to the latest Android 2.3 on Reliance 3G Tab.
Other specifications of Magiq II are the same those of the other tablets, and include a 7 inch WVGA resistive touchscreen display with Android 2.2 Froyo operating system. The tablet allows 2G and 3G SIM calling and also has a stand at the back.
Besides, Magiq II has 2 megapixel cameras at the front and back. It comes with an 8 GB SD card free and can take up to 16 GB. It is powered by a 2200 mAh battery and offers 3G connectivity and WiFi.