Spice has decided not to launch MI 700 Android tablet in India, and will instead launch an improved version of the MI 720 tablet.
Spice groups' Malaysian subsidiary CSL already sells MI 700 Droidpad in Malaysia. The device was launched in October 2010 itself, and therefore it probably does need an upgrade.
The Malaysian DroidPad MI 700 runs on Android 2.2 Froyo, which is likely to be upgraded to Android 2.3 Gingerbread for India, while the rest of its specs remain the same.
The tablet is equipped with an 800 x 480 pixel 7 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen and supports a regular-sized SIM card. The DroidPad is capable of supporting quadband GSM/Edge/UMTS (3G) and HSDPA (3.5G) networks with WiFi (802.11 b/g) as a backup.
For making calls, users need a Bluetooth headset with the DroidPad. Video conferencing is also available thanks to its front facing VGA camera. It also comes with an autofocus 3 megapixel camera placed at the back. The DroidPad is equipped with Bluetooth v2.1 with EDR support.
Measuring 179.4 (height) x 110 (width) x 11.5 (thickness) mm, it has a 3240 mAh Li-polymer battery compared to the 1500 mAh battery of one of its competitors.
Under its hood the DroidPad is powered by a Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset, which has only a 600 MHz application processor, and this is another thing we expect to see upgraded in future. The most desirable will obviously be a 1 GHz plus processor, but we might see one that clocks 800 MHz to keep the cost down. MI700 comes with 512 MB of ROM and 512 MB of RAM, and the ability to support a microSD card up to 32 GB, which, in all probability, is not going to change.
Spice Droidpad supports tethering and a portable WiFi hotspot, which means that you can turn your DroidPad device into a mini WiFi hotspot and can share your 3G network with up to eight other devices.
Google's useful and free applications, including Latitude, Maps, Search, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, Calendar and Google Voice, will be available as usual. The device can access Android Market so you will never run out of applications.
MI 720 is expected to retail for less than Rs 20,000, when it is launched in August.
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