IBall Slide Brace-X1 4G

₹17,498, www.iball.co.in

T3 India - - PREVIEW -

What do we have here?

This here is the 4G-en­abled suc­ces­sor to the Slide Brace X1, with VoLTE sup­port. The Sil­ver fin­ish­ing has also been shunted out in favour of Gold.

So, old isn’t gold in this case. Any­how, what’s un­der the hood?

Un­der the 10.1” HD dis­play is a 1.3GHz Me­di­aTek octa-core pro­ces­sor, Mali T720 graph­ics unit, 2GB RAM and 16GB stor­age ex­pand­able up to 64GB via mi­croSD. How­ever, there is only one SIM slot.

I can see a kick­stand there. How flex­i­ble is it?

It of­fers three ways to use the tablet. You can set it ver­ti­cally, hor­i­zon­tally or even keep it slightly el­e­vated from the ground like a key­board.

Won’t the charg­ing ca­ble come in the mid­dle though?

Nope. iBall had the fore­sight of de­sign­ing it in such a way that it’s lo­cated un­ob­tru­sively on the side along with a USB port that sup­ports OTG.

What if I need to take a quick snap?

The 8MP rear cam­era with LED flash should suf­fice for ba­sic shots. The cam­era app fea­tures all the usual sus­pects in­clud­ing, but not lim­ited to, Panorama, Face Beauty, Con­tiu­nous Shot, Face De­tec­tion, Zero Shut­ter De­lay and more.

Fair enough. Sound qual­ity is al­ways a let-down in tablets though.

The dual-cham­bered speak­ers lo­cated on ei­ther side of the kick­stand hinge should hope­fully meet ex­pec­ta­tions when lis­ten­ing to FM or songs on the mu­sic player.

How does the Brace fare on the app front?

It comes pre-loaded with a di­verse mix of pro­duc­tiv­ity apps like MS Of­fice stub and pre­mium Gameloft games like Mod­ern Combat 4, Mid­night Pool etc.

Does it have any In­dia-spe­cific fea­ture?

Glad you asked! There is re­gional-sys­tem lan­guage sup­port for nine lan­guages and read/write sup­port for 21. So div­ing into sys­tem set­tings won’t turn into a heart­stop­ping ad­ven­ture.

The FM app can also record any on-air au­dio for later play­back

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