Mercury has launched a new Android tablet, this time along with a 3G SIM card slot for internet connectivity. The mTAB NEO comes with a 7" capacitive multi-touch screen with pixel dimensions of 800x480. Powered by a 1 GHz Cortex A9 dual-core processor, it runs on Android 2.2 (Froyo) rather than Gingerbread as sported by the other two models in the stable. This tablet has 4 GB of built-in memory, which can be expanded to 32 GB via microSD.
Weighing just 250 grammes, this is considerably lighter than most other tablets. Its dimensions of 19.4 cm (l) x 11.8 cm (w) x 1.3 cm (d) also lend it good portability. A USB 2.0 port allows you to connect input devices such as a keyboard and mouse. You can also access contents of connected USB mass storage media such as pen drives using its USB host feature.
One feature that separates it from the other mTABs is that it supports 3G connectivity on the move, thanks to a SIM card slot, supporting GSM as well as WCDMA. Wi-Fi is available to connect to hotspots. However, no mention is made about 3G dongles. It comes with a 2 MP rear and front VGA camera. There is video conferencing support as claimed by the company, though we assume it will be limited as it runs on Froyo, rather than Gingerbread. Flash 10.3 support could facilitate smoother online videos.
The HDMI port allows you to connect to a larger display device. It can handle popular formats such as DivX, MPG, and MP4 up to 1080p using hardware decoding. The possibility of 3G gaming has been mentioned with emphasis on the presence of a 3-dimensional gravity sensor and OpenGL 3D accelerator on-board. The generous 4000 mAh battery should pack in enough juice for a long journey.
The Mercury mTAB NEO is priced at Rs 16,000 and is backed by a 1-year warranty.