Mumbai based iBall is no stranger to producing devices of different sizes, but their new Slide Octa, the A41, might be one of their more appealing devices. As is so often the case with Indian launches, this is not just an Android tablet, it supports voice calling as well. For RS 12,999 it seems like iBall have managed to put together yet another great value-for-money product, but just how good is it – on paper at least?
The Slide Octa A41 stands out in that the 7-inch display is a Full HD panel at 1920 x 1200, which is the same as last year’s Nexus 7 from ASUS and Google. Most 7-inch tablets in this price range ship with a 720p display or even worse, a 1024 x 600 panel. Under the hood, there’s a true Octa-Core CPU clocked at 1.7 Ghz backed up with 2GB of RAM as well as 16GB of expandable storage. Other specs include a fairly decent 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, too. The 3,500 mAh battery is where things might fall down a little, but the Cortex A7 processor is designed to be power efficient above all. With Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS, this would make a pretty design traveling companion with a high-resolution display for maps while on the move.
The iBall Slide Octa A41 also supports 3G, up to 21mbps as well as voice calling, meaning you can use this just as you would your phone. While not perfect, this seems like a pretty decent product launch from iBall, especially for those looking to consolidate their uses into just one device. Available now from Flipkart, it’s available in either Black or Brown colors and unlike the Nexus 9, which recently hit Amazon India, this guy won’t leave your bank account completely empty when you checkout. Let us know in the comments if you plan on picking this, or something like it, up for your main Android device.