- Windows 8.1 OS
- Quad Core Processor
- 2GB RAM
- 5MP Rear Camera
- 2MP Front Camera
- 32GB Internal Memory
iBall Slide WQ149: Challenging the Class of Convertibles
The international market already has what you seek in the form of the iBall Slide WQ149 offering desktop like flexibility while assuming a tablet like appearance. This can be tagged as one hybrid which deserves a special mention owing to the potency it showcases as for the 10 inch console and the deserved magnetic keyboard support. Now worrying about the work is no more an option as the Slide WQ149 allows you to move along while keeping up with the job in hand. Be it the tablet like appearance or the integrable laptop like orientation, this innovative vigil from iBall is certainly going to address all our problems concerning the lack of a good Windows 8.1 convertible.
Pros: The 10.1 inch surface needs no introduction and allows one to handle the laptop concerning works with ease. In comes the high-end processor from Intel which is one quad-core variant and works up a great pace for the users to feel at ease. The hyper-threading technology involved as with the processor does add to the popularity of the elusive Slide WQ149.
Cons: The display isn't much of an excitement as the gadget barely packs in 800p in the form of offered resolution spanning across 1280x800.The camera support is also not powerful as the front snapper at 2MP is more of a liability whereas the 5MP primary camera is certainly not bankable. RAM support isn't laptop like as only 2GB has been alloted featuring a reduced cache memory and performing speed.
One might consider this as a flawed gadget which still offers quite a lot in terms of functionality. Here is a detailed review as how the overall hands-on experience felt besides the inclusion of the magnetic keyboard.
In all readiness it seems that the company is still going to persist with the plastic make offering polycarbonate as the backbone for the Slide WQ149. This is certainly a great inclusion as the tablet would be thin and easy to carry around. This gadget is certainly one of the most flexible gadgets iBall has ever come up with mostly for the magnetic keyboard slot offered by the company. We did not see a lot of tabs or buttons over the surface but for the volume rockers and power keys whereas the gadget looks completely in sync with the aesthetic nuances in store.
The 10.1 inch screen offers multi-touch facilities to the customers while making the best use of the offered pixels in the name of resolution. The 1280x800 pixels is nothing sizeable and set over the 10 inch console, easily reduces the pixel density as well. The offered ppi levels are on the lower side thus making the gadget surface appear dull when subjected to brighter backdrops. Being a hybrid the company hasn't been too specific regarding the display as it actually does when the smartphones are considered. The overall display panel accounts to the WXGA functionality which determines as how the pixels actually look when viewed across the console which has been backed up by the IPS technology.
The Intel Atom processor makes an entry and features the hyper-threading technology as associated with the multiple cores on offer. The Z3735D is featured which is a Quad-core option offering a clock speed of 1.33GHz. This can be extended up to a sizeable 1.83GHz mostly for the burst mode which requires added cache into the mix. Be it the 4 individual cores or the 4 threads in store for the users to work with, the Slide WQ149 presents a full gamut associated with any given convertible.
iBall lives up to all the specified claims and comes up with a better RAM support and built-in memory allotment for the customers to feel good about. The alloted RAM extends up to a sizeable 2GB which features the DDR3 functionality and thus comes in as one fast option for the users to bank upon. The internal capacity is quite high as well with 32GB at the disposal of the user offering a lot of space for storing files and data within. The presence of the micro-SD slot is certainly advisable and iBall did abide by the same with the expandable capacity up to a staggering 64GB. What stands out is the 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage to be offered by the company along with this gadget and this seems quite a good bet for the hardcore professionals.
This segment doesn't come in as an encouraging one and the absence of a good camera module is actually justified as the nature of the device hinders iBall from being to adventurous. The primary unit comes in as a 5MP module which is quite capable of clicking out acceptable pictures. This is one auto focus camera which seems to be lacking some of the important attributes to be even considered functional. The actual letdown is the 2MP front snapper which actually isn't a tad powerful and can only come up as the web-cam on offer by the hybrid laptop.
The Li-Polymer battery with a capacity of 31.08Wh supplies power to this gadget and this would certainly be quite an impactful addition seeing the size and prowess of the offered unit. This comes in as quite a capable unit and is bound to provide hours of stand-by time to the elusive Slide WQ149.
The Windows 8.1 makes an entry as for the added interactivity on offer besides the extremely usable interface. The live tiles are optional now as one can easily toggle between the tablet and the laptop view.
The Pogo Pin keyboard is here to stay which can be attached to the gadget using a magnetic strip whereas Microsoft provides a year of Office subscription to the enthusiasts who are looking for that bit extra.
In comes the Slide WQ149 from iBall which boasts of an intuitive user interface followed by the full gamut of user-centric features for realizing the best possible hybrid experience which any gadget would ever provide.
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