Good specs, minus the big name

Apr 19, 2013, 06:30 IST | Hassan M Kamal

Backed by a powerful processor, good screen and long lasting battery, Zync's Quad 9.7 is certainly the best tablet promoted by an Indian company, but it will have a tough time beating reputed brands

Low-priced tablets in the country have a bad reputation — they offer too many things but at the cost of quality. But breaking that tradition is Zync’s new tablet, the Quad 9.7, offering just what you need and with minimal compromises.

The tablet comes with a quad core 1.5GHz processor (maker not known) and Mali-400 MP4 GPU that performs decently in high-on-graphic games. We tested the The Prince of Persia, and it ran smoothly.

The 2GB RAM makes operations smooth; the 16 GB (only 11 GB available) internal storage provides enough storage space to store music and pictures. It also comes with a 9.7-inch LED backlit HD LCD screen (with retina display) giving it an edge over others in the same price bracket. The colours were bright and the 10-point touch worked well. What we didn’t like, though, was that the screen was too reflective to work with in daylight.

ZYNC Quad 9.7
Performance: Satisfactory
Value for money: Okay
Design or Display: Sleek
Price: Rs 13,990

The Zync Quad 9.7 is big, and the screen can stand rough handling, as we found out during the test drive, unfortunately the same can’t be said about the body, which is a bit fragile. We were also disappointed with the inbuilt speakers, which seemed to split on high volume; the free headphones weren’t any better.

But we were highly impressed with the battery life — the Lithium-Ion 8000 mAh delivers eight to nine hours browsing time. The USB OTG is also a very handy addition.

Zync has given up most of the obsessions that plague low cost Indian tablet makers, however, it did get stuck in the camera. The 5MP rear camera seems to serve no purpose because the quality is just too bad, instead a better front camera would have worked just fine.

Overall, the Zync Quad 9.7 stands as the winner among low-cost Indian tabs. But considering how Lenovo (A2107), Acer (Iconia) and Samsung (P3110) tabs are now available at a cheaper price, the Quad 9.7, despite its 1.5 GHz processor and retina display screen with WiFi connectivity will find it tough to attract buyers.

Besides, you miss the presence of 3G connectivity, and our guess is, looking at the ill-reputation of Indian tabs, some might consider spending a few extra bucks for the Samsung P3100 or the cheaper alternative Lenovo A2107, for 3G connectivity. You can book your orders through the company website

Quick specs
Processor: 1.5 gHZ (unknown) and
Mali-400 MP4 GPU
Memory: 16 Gb
Screen: LCD (9.7-inch backlit), 2048 x 1536 pixels retina display
Camera: 5 MP (rear), 2 MP (front)
Battery backup: 7 -8 hours 

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