It has been quite sometime since Micromax launched its first 4G tablet Canvas Tab P702 in the market. Now it has launched the second one, dubbed Canvas Tab P701. While name-wise it sounds to be the predecessor of P702, it’s actually a slightly less powerful version of the tablet, which may be the reason behind this naming choice. The price of tablet is also less than the former: it’s available on Flipkart for Rs. 7,250, which is Rs. 750 less than that of big bro. I think it may be decreased further in future.
Let’s talk about the specs. As I said, it’s the toned-down version of P702. Though it runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box and features 7-inch display, it comes with some compromises in every major hardware department. It has got a 1GHz Quad-Core Mediatek processor, 1GB of RAM, 7-inch display with 1,024 x 600 px resolution, 5MP primary camera, 2MP secondary camera, 8GB of internal storage and 32GB of expandable storage. Connectivity options include 4G, 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It’ll come with a 3,500 mAh battery that’s powerful enough to provide talk time up to 15 hrs and browsing time up to four and a half hours. And it’ll be available in blue and grey color options.
|Criteria||Canvas Tab P701||Canvas Tab P702|
|Processor||1GHz Quad-Core||1.3GHz Quad-Core|
|Display||7-inch (1,024 x 600)||7-inch HD|
|OS||Android 5.1 Lollipop||Android 5.1 Lollipop|
|Price||Rs. 7,250/-||Rs. 7,999/-|
The tab also supports voice calling, so you’ll be able to put its 4G capability to every possible good use. However, at one time only one sim will be able to exploit the potential of 4G and the other will run on 3G.
Finally, let’s talk a bit about its price. While it totally makes sense to launch multiple versions of a device to target users on different price points, it only makes sense when there’s some sensible difference between the prices. When there’s a difference of 750 bucks only, the cheaper device usually becomes meaningless to the majority of buyers. After all, can’t a buyer willing to shell out seven and a quarter bucks spend three quarters more to buy a device that’s much more powerful? I feel Micromax should think something about it.