A few days back I was at the Torque Media Launch at Le Pavillon in Pasay City. And while Torque presented a wide range of Android-powered Smartphones at the event, what grabbed my attention was, for me, the next ultimate Android Tablet – Torque DROIDZ Ultimate.
Set to be released early January, the DROIDZ Ultimate tablet will run on the latest Android 4.1 OS, the Jelly Bean. What initially captured my attention was the huge screen which I prefer. As a matter of fact, my plan should I buy a tablet is to get the iPad because of the size factor. Obviously, Torque’s version pales in comparison with Apple’s baby as far as the screen is concerned with its 9.7″ XGA 1024×768 capacitive touchscreen. But it definitely has a several things that the iPad doesn’t have.
Aside from the big real estate, the next ultimate Android Tablet comes equipped with dual SIM slot with dual standby capability. That means I can insert a broadband SIM on the one slot and a standard SIM on the other. As a matter of fact, I intend to insert broadband SIMs from different carrier. That’s to ensure that I have reliable Internet connection wherever I go. After all, I already have a phone that I can use for call and text. The prospect of not having to carry a pocket WiFi device nor have to worry about being connected to a WiFi service wherever I am. Aside from being the usual Bluetooth and WiFi capable device, it can also be used for WiFi Tethering. That means I can even share my connectivity with my other devices or with friends. The tablet’s broadband connection is on HSDPA 7.2Mbps/HSUPA 5.76 Mbps, 3.5G HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100MHZ and Quadband GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900MHZ.
Under the hood, the Torque DROIDZ ultimate runs an MT6577 1GHZ Dual Core processor with 8GB Memory, 1GB RAM and supports micro-SD storage of up to 32GB. This tablet can be considered a multimedia powerhouse as it comes equipped with Mobile TV, FM Radio and has dual cameras – the rear is an 8MP shooter with LED flash while the front facing camera offers 2MP resolution. Surfing the web and viewing photos and videos is easy because of the screen’s multi-touch zoom feature.
Torque’s Android tablet comes with HDMI port, a 3.5MM stereo headset jack and supports micro-USB connection. With all the features mentioned, we were told that Torque is targeting to sell the DROIDZ Ultimate under Php10,000. This is good news! Torque CEO Christoper Uyco himself discussed the new line up of Torque mobile devices and he shared that his company’s strategy is really to help Filipinos experience the latest technology at affordable price. Kudos!
I hope to get a review of this unit so I can really make a well-informed decision in getting a tablet. The main reason why I’m holding back was my not-so-good experience with an Android tablet from another local brand. I actually received a review unit late last year but ended up not reviewing it because the experience was really bad. I ended up returning the tablet without being able to maximize it’s use.