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

Every 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.HCL Me Connect 2G 2.0

We are in year 2013 when WVGA has become norm for even the budget smartphones and tablets have started coming with display resolutions higher than full HD but HCL continues to launch 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 800x480p display.

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 bought this tablet, you will stuck with their 1 Mobile Store to download applications.

If you really want to know more about the tablet, you can read the full press release below:

PS: HCL is calling it a phablet.

HCL Infosystems introduces the latest phablet – ME Connect 2G 2.0

HCL Infosystems Ltd. India’s premier services and ICT Systems Integration, Distribution and Hardware company launched its latest phablet – HCL ME Tablet Connect 2G 2.0. The 7-inch phablet is an extremely stylish device, powered by a 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor with 1GB DDR3 RAM and 4GB internal memory expandable to 32GB running on the latest Android Jelly Bean 4.1. The tablet specifically creates a connect with the diverse population of India as it features reading and writing in 11 local Indian languages, face recognition to lock & unlock your device, with apps ranging across Games, Business, Communication, Lifestyle, Entertainment, Education, Health, etc. HCL ME Connect 2G 2.0 phablet offers enhanced 2G voice-calling, long-battery life, and is priced at Rs. 8499.

HCL ME Connect 2G 2.0 comes with freebies worth more than Rs. 2000 and pre-loaded with applications such as BigFlix, Hungama, Readwhere, Paytm, Facebook, Twitter etc., which allows one to watch unlimited movies, download Bollywood and Hollywood songs, video chat or click pictures with the aid of a dual-camera (Front 0.3 MP & Rear 2.0 MP). The voice receiver, integrated with a vibrator function transforms this tablet in to a Smartphone. Watching movies is a delight on HCL ME Connect 2.0 2G as the multi-touch capacitive screen with an 800*480 pixel resolution integrated with mini-HDMI port that helps connect the tablet to external display devices. The devices gives a superior 2D/3D gaming performance is capable of HD audio and video playback, which are complimented by a long lasting 3800 mAH Li – polymer battery. Other features include 3G connectivity through a USB Data Card (WCDMA/EVDO), Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n). It also comes with  an integrated Wi-Fi Router function which helps you create a wireless Hot-Spot so as to share your device  internet connection with other devices.

Mr. Gautam Advani, Global Head – Mobility Business Unit, HCL Infosystems Ltd. said, “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”

HCL ME Connect 2G 2.0 comes pre-loaded with 1 Mobile Store which has more than 3,00,000 apps to download, spanning across multiple categories. It also has ME PC Connect software which enables the user to sync (contacts, calendar etc) and take back-up from the device. The HCL ME Phablet is available across all major stores and online portals and will be supported by an integrated after sales service application – HCL Touch, a 24X7 one touch service facility.

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1 thought on “HCL announces another sub-standard Android tablet for INR 8,499


    (June 5, 2013 - 2:52 pm)

    “We are in year 2013 when WVGA” – I think you meant “QVGA”

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