HCL announces another sub-standard Android tablet for INR 8,499

HCL Me Connect 2G 2.0Every once in a while HCL comes out with a new Android tablet and almost every one of them packs some really disappointing specifications. The latest one – ME Connect 2G 2.0 – is no exception.

We are in year 2013 when WVGA has become norm for even the budget smartphones, and the tablets have started coming with display resolutions higher than full HD, HCL continues to release tablets with just WVGA resolution.  For a 7-inch tablet these days, WVGA display is a crime. Unless the HCL tablet was priced at INR 3,000 to compete with Aakash tablet, there is no justification for a 800x480p screen.

In reality, HCL ME Connect 2G 2.0 has got a price-tag of INR 8,499, which is the same price at which Samsung Galaxy Tab 311 can be purchased from some retailers and comes with better specifications.

Talking about ME Connect 2G 2.0 features, it packs 1GHz Cortex A9 processor, 2MP rear camera, VGA front camera, 1GB of RAM,  and 3800 mAh battery. It runs on Android 4.1, which is good, and comes with 2G support with voice-calling.

Like every other HCL tablet, this one too does not come with Google Play support, so by any chance if you buy this tablet, you will stuck with their 1 Mobile Store to download applications.

“The tablet market in India is rapidly evolving and tablets have become synonymous with the latest technology. Tablets not only help consume media better but also help you stay connected. Varying from a learning companion to a productivity enhancer, tablets continue to enrich user’s lives and a lot of people are now looking at buying a tablet that has inbuilt calling facility/function so as to get the best of both the worlds. Our latest offering further showcases our proud legacy of innovative products that address all kinds of consumer needs. The ME Connect 2G 2.0 phablet will cater to the young at heart who are always on a lookout for something new and exciting,” said Gautam Advani, Global Head – Mobility Business Unit, HCL Infosystems Ltd, in a statement.

PS: HCL is calling it a phablet.

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