Indian Smartphone maker Lava has now added to its rich Xolo portfolio a new tablet, hopefully the first of many, to run on nVidia Tegra processors. Quite recently, nVidia announced partnerships with various smartphone vendors to champion the Tegra processors into the market, and in India, Lava Xolo became the face of their design. The Xolo T1000 was their first smartphone to run on a Tegra chipset, and with this interesting move, Xolo tablets may witness boosted sales and reviews.
The Xolo Play Tab 7.0 comes with an nVidia Tegra 3 chipset, with a quad-core Cortex A9 processor and 1 GB of DDR3 RAM and a 1.2 GHz clock speed. According the the folks at Xolo, there is also a 5th core which focuses on battery saving operations, resulting in extended battery life. It also comes with a 12-core NVIDIA ULP GeForce GPU, making clear that this tablet is targeted at hard-core gamers above all. While we hope to see more rounded nVidia tablets in the near future, this definitely challenges conceptions in the Indian tablet scene.
The Xolo Play Tab comes with a 7-inch IPS display, with 1280×800 px resolution. The tablet coming with 1 GB of DDR3 RAM ( as noted before ) and 8 GB of internal storage ( we expect around 5 GB to be available to the user ). The storage can be expanded to 32 GB via microSD. On the camera front, the Xolo Play Tab comes with a 2 MP front camera, and no rear camera, another gamers only sign.
From a design aspect the tablet measures 194.6 x 122.6 x 10.6 mm, slightly wider than is expected, due to the thicker bezels on the side. The tablet weighs in at about 338 grams which is heavier than most too. The tablet comes with Android 4.2, and a 4000 mAh battery which packs quite the backup. It comes with full WiFI, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity
Lava Xolo smartphones also announced the Xolo Tegra Note tablet powered by nVidia Tegra 4, which is slated for a release quite soon. Rumor pointss to this device getting nVidia and Android firmware updates directly, and this could really benefit many buyers. We can only hope that this device is slightly more rounded and all-accomodating than the Xolo Play Tab 7.0, which seems to appeal to the hardcore mobile gamer, an up-and-coming market segment.
The Xolo Play Tab 7.0 made its way onto Flipkart recently, and is priced at INR 12999, the exact same price as the newly announced Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 T210. It would be interesting to see whether the nVidia chipset name can pull weight to tip the balance in favour of the underdog Xolo tablet.