We have had a brief glimpse of the Magiq before, thanks to an inadvertent leak, and it has now been launched officially by the Bharti Group firm Beetel Teletech. Price has been kept at a quite affordable Rs. 9999, which undercuts the just launched Reliance 3G Tab by a good 3000 rupees.
Specification wise, the Magiq puts up a pretty decent picture. The tablet comes with a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and runs Android 2.2 Froyo, which the company says is upgradeable to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The Magiq will have 8 GB of internal memory which, again is expandable to 16 GB, a 7 inch WVGA TFT display, dual 2 megapixel camera at the front and the back, a 3.5mm Jack, HDMI Port, and integrated stereo speakers. The Magiq will also have access to the Android Market. Another plus point of the Magiq is that it comes with its own Comfort Stand that enables it to stand on its own.
The Magiq also comes with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and 3G capability, while a 2200 mAh Battery will be providing the juice. Beetel isn’t saying how long will the battery last, however, or whether the display is capacitive or resistive. In fact, and given the price, the display might well be resistive, and if that is the case then it will definitely be a dampener for an otherwise feature rich tablet PC.
“Our tablet is not only about affordability but also about advanced features that were previously available in the high-end devices and not within the reach of the majority of Indian customers,” said Beetel Teletech Executive Director and CEO Vinod Sawhny.
The Magiq is in reality the Huawei Ideos S7 with some more features added to it and will continue to be sourced from China as of now.
Airtel will be the official telecom partner with all Magiq owners being provided 2GB of 3G data on both prepaid and postpaid connections completely free for the first 2 months.