Micromax has reached the number 2 position in the smartphone shipment arena and is rivaling Samsung for the number 1 position in the tablet shipments. In a bid to further tighten the noose around the sub Rs 5,000 tablet segment, it has just launched the Funbook P280 for Rs 4,650. Its USP is the detachable keyboard it brings along with it and a premium leather case. It is meant to be a budget device for entertainment on the move.
The tablet comes shod with a 7 inch screen with a 5 point capacitive display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and things can’t get any better at this price point so we wouldn’t complain in this regard. It runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and has a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor under the hood. The tablet has a simplified UI and offers customizable home screens with a full suite of familiar applications which include M!Live, Spuul, Opera Mini, Kingsoft Office Suite and some more pre-loaded apps.
Commenting on the launch, Mr. Vikas Jain – Co – Founder, Micromax said, “Owing to the increased consumption of entertainment on mobile devices, we have tried to provide users with their one stop entertainment device with the Funbook P280. At Micromax, we have always aimed to empower a large consumer base in the country by offering them innovative devices reinforcing our commitment to democratize and massify technology”. He further added, “We are confident that the Funbook P280 would further strengthen our leadership pursuit in the tablet PC market.”
It gets a 512MB RAM for multitasking with an internal storage capacity of 4GB which can be expanded via a microSD card by another 32GB. You get a VGA front camera for video calling as well. It features Wi-Fi support for connectivity and there will be 3G dongle support as well for added connectivity. It gets a 2,400 mAh battery unit which the company claims has a 250 hours standby time but we doubt if it will last for more than 4-5 hours of continuous usage.
The budget tablet market is pretty crowded and a tablet needs something new to set it apart from the rest. The premium leather case and detachable keyboard will surely be the two things that will make the tablet stand apart from the rest of the tablets in the segment. It will lock horns with a slew of tablets from Karbon, HCL, BSNL, Lava and iBall. According to us, the Micromax offering is surely a better one compared to similar tablets in the sub Rs 5,000 price range.
|Micromax Funbook P280
|7 inch, WVGA
|1 GHz Single Core
|4 GB, Expandable
|VGA Front camera