Spice Stellar Horizon Mi-500: The 5″ Phablet competitor to Galaxy Note
Indian mobile manufacturer Spice has made another addition to the blossoming “phablet” sector with the release of Spice Mi-500, otherwise known as the Stellar Horizon. Packed with numerous features, the phone retails for just Rs.11,999/-
The screen size of 4.5” has become quite commonplace with smartphones these days. Anything less than that is considered minuscule. The Stellar Horizon boasts of much real-estate in the screen sector at 5”. It’s not the biggest smartphone in existence (The Galaxy Note holds that record), but it is definitely big enough. This phone comes armed with a very impressive arsenal – a 1Ghz dual-core Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm, a beefed up Adreno 205 GPU for enhanced graphics and a 512 MB RAM.
The phablet has competent storage capabilities with 4GB of inbuilt memory, externally expandable up to 32GB. The camera is on par with what you would expect from a phone belonging to the 12k price bracket – primary 5MP with LED flash, 0.3MP secondary for video calls. Digital zoom is also available for a rich photographic experience. The screen resolution is 480X800 pixels. Though it has doesn’t have the much desired Gorilla Glass, the display has multi-touch functionality.
- Price Tag: Rs. 12,000
- Expected Launch: End of August, 2012 [Updated]
The Mi-500 has well rounded connectivity options with 2G, HSDPA 3G, Bluetooth v2.1 and a USB port. Entertainment is packed into the phone with FM Radio, and you can listen to music with SRS audio enhancement with a regular 3.5mm jack.Another surprise feature of this phablet is that it is a dual sim phone. How many phones of this size, having similar specs can boast of this? Not many out there. The phone has the essential proximity and accelerometer sensors though the gyroscopic sensor seems to be missing.
All these with the magic of Android Ice Cream Sandwich v4.0 is sure going to be an engaging smartphone experience. Perhaps this phablet will be one of the recipients of the much-awaited Jelly Bean update. To have all these features up and running throughout the day, a generous 2150mAh has been included.
The Stellar Horizon holds quite some trump cards with the screen size and pricing. Those who dreamed of flaunting a beast without creating a crater in their bank balance can now head to the store and pick this one up. Quite a Stellar product on the Horizon it is!
Nikhila is a gadget lover and passionate writer. She likes to keep up with social media and Internet culture in particular while staying updated about all latest gizmos. Nikhila is a mechanical engineer-turning-into-technical-writer. Bibliophile, Grammar Nazi, dog lover, foodie, casual artist.
15 July, 2012