Remember the Light tablet PC from Chinese manufacturer ZTE that we had talked about last month? Well its in the news once again but not as the Light. Instead, it now will be called ‘My Tab‘ Down Under where carrier Optus will be partnering the device in a move that is believed to be a counter to Telstra’s recent decision to launch the T-Touch Android tablet. Also, Optus, keen as it is to grab a lion’s share of the growing tablet market in Australia, has priced the My Tab competitively vis-a-vis Telstra’s T-Touch tablet that is selling for $299 while those keen to pick up the My Tab will have to fork out $20 less.
But then, can a price advantage alone can ensure credible sales figure for the My Tab? Or does it have substance to match up to the competition? Lets find out.
To begin with, the My Tab is in the 7 inch category of tablets though its based on the resistive touch screen technology. Display resolution at 800 x 400 pixels is also slightly less that what most of the tablets with 7 inch display can boast of – 800 x 480 pixels. This apart, the My Tab comes with equal sized RAM and ROM – 512 MB though there is the option to have storage capacity increased by way of SD memory cards.
The tablet can connect to the outside world via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or WCDMA 3G connectivity. Also, while the My Tab comes with GPS capability, the tablet is among the very few to be FM ready as well. The tablet also includes a twin camera set-up – a 3MP unit on the rear along with a front-facing VGA webcam. Providing power to the tablet will be a 3400mAh battery that its maker claim will be enough to support 10 hours of continuous operation.
The My Tab will make it to the market by the middle of next month for a price of $279 though it will have Android 2.1 on board when it goes on sale. An update to the latest Android 2.2 will be made available by the end of the year.