7-Inch Wonders : Top Budget Tablets

The 7-inch tablet segment is now receiving its due recognition. The low-cost, much more compact tablets are now finding a new place in the market. Google released its own 7-inch Jelly Bean based Nexus 7 tablet recently and rumors are that Apple might be working on their own version of a smaller iPad dubbed as the “iPad Mini’.

Let us take a look at some of the best 7-inch tablets in the market today.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 P310
Samsung has always tried to cash in on iPad’s popularity. The Korean giant has been shipping Android based tablets in various specifications. The Galaxy Tab 2 P310 is Samsung’s first tablet in India that ships with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). Although now that is not the latest version but it’s much better compared to some who’re still stuck with Honeycomb.

The 7-inch display on Galaxy Tab 2 P310 offers a resolution of 1024×600 pixels on a PLS LCD display. No fancy AMOLED displays here. It is powered by a dual core 1GHz OMAP 4430 chipset, supported by 1GB of RAM. The Galaxy Tab 2 P310 runs on Android 4.0.3 with TouchWiz on the top. It carries a 3.15MP camera at the back and a VGA camera in the front.

At a little below Rs.20,000, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 P310 may not find a lot of buyers. Especially with the iPad 2 retailing for about Rs. 24,000 onwards now.
Micromax Funbook
Micromax has been quite successful in capturing the low-price segment when it comes to mobile phones. With its Funbook tablet, Micromax is aiming to take the game one step further. The Micromax Funbook is an entry-level tablet aimed at the same audience who generally buy cheaper mobile phones.

The Funbook is one of the cheapest Android 4.0 tablets available in India. The 7-inch Funbook is powered by a 1.2GHz Cortex A8 processor and a Mali 400 GPU. It can play 1080p videos and even has an HDMI output. The tablet offers 4GB of internal storage which a user can expand up to 32GB using an external memory card.

The Micromax Funbook retails for about Rs.6,500 and is one of the best value for money tablets in the market.

Zync Z990 Plus
Zync has recently launched the Z990 Plus tablet in the market which is a successor of the previous Z990 model. Zync’s Z990 Plus features Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). It features a 7-inch glossy display with a resolution of 800×480 pixels. It is powered by a 1GHz processor and a Mali 400 GPU, supported by 1GB of RAM.

The Zync Z990 Plus carries a 4GB onboard memory which is expandable up to 32GB. Zync has also partnered with iBibo and BigFlix to offer bundled content with the tablet. The Zync Z990 Plus retails for about Rs. 6,500 which makes it a perfect competitor for Micromax’s Funbook.
Google Nexus 7
Google launched the Nexus 7 tablet this year during Google I/O, its biggest conference for developers. It is by far one of the best 7-inch tablets both in terms of performance and pricing. The $200 tablet has been built in partnership with Asus and has already started selling in the US.

The Zync Z990 Plus carries a 4GB onboard memory which is expandable up to 32GB. Zync has also partnered with iBibo and BigFlix to offer bundled content with the tablet. The Zync Z990 Plus retails for about Rs. 6,500 which makes it a perfect competitor for
Micromax’s Funbook.
Google Nexus 7
Google launched the Nexus 7 tablet this year during Google I/O, its biggest conference for developers. It is by far one of the best 7-inch tablets both in terms of performance and pricing. The $200 tablet has been built in partnership with Asus and has already started selling in the US.

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