09:45 01st Nov, 2012
Android 4.0 Zync Cloud Z5 Phone With 5" Screen And 3G Dual-SIM Available For Rs 9500
ICS-based phablet features dual cameras, 4 GB internal storage, 1 GHz CPU, and a host of pre-installed apps.
"Phablets" are devices that fall between mobile phones and tablets in terms of screen size. More of them are becoming available in the Indian market; Zync has launched its own Cloud Z5. It runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and is powered by a 1 GHz single-core CPU and 512 MB of RAM. The 5" screen has 5-point capacitive multi-touch capability and pixel dimensions of 800x480, which has become the de-facto standard in most low-cost tablets and smartphones. As a smartphone, it features two GSM SIM slots, and it has 3G capability — although it is not clear yet whether the high-speed data option is supported by both SIM cards or only one.
Internal storage is a paltry 4 GB, but Zync does try to make amends by providing a free 4 GB microSD card, which can be replaced by up to 32 GB. The Cloud Z5 also features an 8 mp rear and a 0.3 mp front camera. Here are the complete specifications:
- Dual-SIM, GSM 2G (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), WCDMA 3G 2100 MHz.
- Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), Google Play.
- Apps: Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, Aldiko e-Book Reader, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Whatsapp, MSN, Yahoo! Messenger, Skype with video calling, Google Maps, Zomato, Big Flix, Bollywood Hungama, Daily Horoscope, Picasa, Office Suite compatible with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
- Games: Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, ibibo Games.
- 1 GHz CPU, 512 MB of DDR3 RAM.
- 4 GB internal storage, 4 GB microSD provided, 32 GB microSD supported.
- 5" TFT LCD 5-point capacitive multi-touch screen with pixel dimensions of 800x480.
- 8 megapixel rear and 0.3 megapixel front cameras.
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Wi-Fi hotspot and tethering, Bluetooth 2.0, GPS, FM radio.
- Micro-USB port, 3.5 mm audio jack, stereo speakers, built-in microphone, No HDMI.
- Accelerometer, Gravity sensor.
- Audio Formats: MP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC.
- Video Formats: MP4, DivX, Xvid, FLV, MKV.
- 2500 mAh Li-ion battery, power backup duration not specified.
- 5.7" (l) x 3" (w) x 0.3" (7 mm) (d), 192 grams.
- Available Colours: Black.
- Package Contents: Handset, battery, screen guard, earphones, 4 GB microSD card, micro-USB data cable, charger, leather pouch, user manual, warranty card.
The low RAM is likely to result in performance issues. We are also not sure if a single-core CPU will be able to run ICS smoothly. Like other phablets, the Cloud Z5 does not feature an HDMI port, which would have allowed playback of HD movies on a large screen. (An HDMI port would also help differentiate the Cloud Z5 from the rest of the bunch.)
Thankfully, Google Play store is supported, so you can install a multitude of apps and games, in addition to the (many) pre-installed ones — including office productivity apps as well as social networking, IM, games, and entertainment applications. You get a free subscription to BIGFlix, but the duration hasn't yet been specified. Adobe Flash support allows you to watch streaming online videos.
The Zync Cloud Z5 is available in a black casing with textured finish at an MRP of Rs 12,000, which is higher than that of competing phablets. You can get it for a lot cheaper at Snapdeal.com for Rs 9500.
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