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Gadget review: iBall's new Windows tablet-laptop WQ149

Despite creating a feature-rich device, iball’s new Windows tablet — WQ149 — misses the mark

In the past, we’ve written about hybrid tablets that aim to offer the portability of a tablet as well as the functionality of a laptop. iBall’s latest entrant, the WQ149, is not a hybrid but promises to do most of the things that a hybrid can. And it manages to achieve most of it, sadly though, the negatives outweigh the positives.

WQ149

What we like
We were impressed with the hardware. The device runs on the 1.83 GHz Intel Atom Z3735D processor; it uses a 2GB DDR3 RAM and the in-built storage is decent at 32GB. Add a 64GB microSD card and you’re good to go. Connectivity-wise, the WQ149 comes with WiFi, mini HDMI, OTG support, Bluetooth 4.0 as well as 3G data connectivity. What also works for it is the bundled detachable keyboard-cum-cover, which can be used as a stand to rest the screen on flat surfaces.

What we didn’t like 
The use of the detachable keyboard-cum-cover is limited only to flat surfaces. The in-built speakers are weak; you can’t hear dialogues during playback, an issue most pressing during video chats. Worse, there’s no in-built GPS to use maps for navigation apps.

The 5MP auto focus rear camera failed to impress, either. In fact, it would have served a greater purpose as a front camera instead of the 2MP front camera that the WQ149 comes with. The display, a 10.1-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1280x800 is another downer. Not only is the pixel density very low (149 ppi), it’s also difficult to work around in the desktop mode. But then, it’s a common issue in all Windows tablets.

The biggest issue, however, is the battery backup as the 31.8Wh polymer battery depletes rapidly, lasting no more than four-five hours, and takes forever to recharge.

So, while the iBall WQ149 is a great idea overall, thanks to its features-friendly package and smart pricing (Rs 24,999), its poor battery performance dilutes the great work and results in a great idea gone astray.

Price: Rs 24,499
Available at: all major electronic stores
Rating: 4/10

Specifications
Size
10.1-inch

Resolution: 1280 x 800 (pixel density 149 ppi)
Processor: 1.83 GHz Z3735D Intel Atom
Memory and storage: 2 GB RAM, 32 GB storage (expandable upto 64GB),
Camera: 5 MP (rear) and 2 MP (front)
Connectivity: 3G data, WiFi, mini HDMI, OTG, Bluetooth

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