Looking for the cheapest tablets in town wouldn’t be a challenge if you’ve already learned about the local brand, TORQUE.
Yes, TORQUE is one among those handset makers we’ve known here in the Philippines to offer inexpensive lines of smartphone, and now the company has entered into the tablet space which undoubtedly has a potential growth in the country. Anticipating such demand for affordable tablets, Torque launched just recently its own Android tablets namely: the DROIDZ View, DROIDZ Flash, and DROIDZ Portal. I personally don’t know yet what’s in the name of each slate, but let’s try to uncover by checking each of the spec sheet.
All of these TORQUE tablets flaunt the same 7-inch screen; just that each differs from the type of display and other internals.
The most basic among these droids is the TORQUE DROIDZ View featuring a resistive display with 2-point touch (aka Multi-Touch) support. Running Android Froyo, it’s powered by 800 MHz CPU complemented with 400 MHz Digital Signal Processor (DSP) and was built with 2GB of ROM. Want more space? Good thing TORQUE has it with an expandable storage up to 32GB through microSD. Other features include VGA front camera, gravity sensor, and of course access to the Android Market, thanks to its Wi-Fi connectivity. Though for high-end tablet users this specs appear to be lackluster, perhaps you’d be surprised it only got a price tag of Php 3,899! It’s so cheap, really.
Next up is the TORQUE DROIDZ Flash which got better specs than DROIDZ View. Rocking a much faster 1.2GHz processor, it’s running Android Gingerbread and show off WSVGA (1024 x 600) display which is already a good resolution in today’s slates. It’s actually the same display resolution of the BlackBerry PlayBook and the Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus. Also under the DROIDZ Flash’s hood include a 4GB internal storage (expandable up to 32GB via microSD), 512MB RAM, 2MP rear camera, VGA front camera, Wi-Fi module, Bluetooth, GPS, 3-axis accelerometer, and gravity sensor. The DROIDZ Flash also got a 3.5mm stereo jack and it can play 1080p full HD videos. And the price? A very much affordable Php 7,999!
And lastly, but certainly not the least – is the TORQUE DROIDZ Portal. This is actually the most high-end in TORQUE’s DROIDZ line-up with all the specs copied from the DROIDZ Flash, including the external design. What exactly TORQUE has added to DROIDZ Flash include the 3G radio and GSM support, thus this tablet can make and receive calls or even with SMS. Its 3G functionality is rated at a max of 7.2Mbps downlink and 5.76Mbps uplink; and since the DROIDZ Portal can be used as a phone, it got an additional proximity sensor which basically deactivates the display when a user brought the device near the face during a call. The TORQUE DROIDZ Portal really got decent specs and as expected it got a few more grand on its price tags — that is Php 12,999 to be exact. Seriously, it’s not bad!
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