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Lenovo launches S860 phablet with mammoth 4,000mAh battery for Rs 21,499; Lava's IvoryS tablet available for Rs 8,499

Unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014, Lenovo has now launched the S860 phablet in the Indian market. The device runs on the Android operating system and comes with a mammoth 4,000mAh battery, which is a lot for a smartphone/phablet (at least on paper). The phablet has been priced at Rs 21,499 and will be made available for purchase later this week.

In addition, home grown manufacturer Lava has further expanded its Ivory range of tablets with the launch of IvoryS. The tablet joins the ranks of E-Tab Ivory, which Lava had launched last year, and is available for purchase for a price of Rs 8,499.

Here is a look at the specifications of the devices.

LenovoLenovo S860 for Rs 21,499

The phablet sports a 5.3 inch IPS HD LCD capacitive touchscreen display (1280×720 pixel resolution) and runs on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS (upgradable to Android 4.4 KitKat). It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor and has 2GB of RAM. The internal memory of this device is 16GB, but further memory expansion is not available.

Lenovo S860 has an 8MP autofocus rear camera with LED Flash that can also record videos, as well as a 1.6MP front facing camera for video calling. Additional features of the camera include geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and High Dynamic Range (HDR). On the connectivity front, it has Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, 3G, and a microUSB port. It also comes with dual-SIM capability and GPS (with A-GPS support).

The dimensions of the device are 149.5mm x 77mm x 10.3mm and its weight is 190gm. The company has provided a 4,000mAh battery in the device, which it claims will provide up to 43 (2G) and 24 (3G) hours of talk time and 40 (2G) and 28.5 (3G) days of standby time. It will be available in titanium colour, courtesy its brushed unibody metal exterior.

The company has also provided a number of premium apps in the device including SHAREit: enables sharing of photos, apps and more across devices without network charges or Wi-Fi connection; SECUREit: speeds up the device & protects it against viruses, spam and malware; and SYNCit: allows users to back up & restore all their contacts, SMSes and call logs.

In the price at which it is offered, the phablet will compete with the likes of Gionee Elife E6 (Rs 21,630), Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 (Rs 20,191), XOLO Q3000 (Rs 19,999), and Intex Aqua i7 (Rs 19,849), among others.

LavaIvoryS for Rs 8,499

Since this one is a tablet, it has a bigger 7 inch LCD capacitive touchscreen display (1024×600 pixel resolution) and runs on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS. It is powered by a 1.3GHz dual-core MediaTek MT8312 processor and has 1GB of RAM. The internal memory of this device is 4GB, which can be further expanded up to 32GB with a microSD card.

Lava IvoryS has a 3.2MP rear camera with LED Flash that can also record videos, as well as a front facing VGA camera for video calling. On the connectivity front, it has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, & a microUSB port and a microSD card slot. The dimensions of the device are 191mm x 108.5mm x 9.8mm and its weight is 300gm. The company has provided a 2,800mAh battery in the device, which will be available in grey and white colours.

In addition, the company has pre-loaded a number of apps in the tablet that include WhatsApp, PayTM, Hungama Music, Opera, as well as a few games from Electronic Arts (EA).

"An extension of our Ivory Series, the tablet has been especially designed for youngsters and young working professionals to engage them with a product that meets their requirements of entertainment and connectivity at an affordable price," said SN Rai, co-founder and director, LAVA International.

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