Micromax Canvas Fantabulet : a Monstrous 6.98-inch Screened Phablet Priced at Rs 7499 ($112)
After launching the YU Yutopia which came with a tagline of the most powerful phone, Micromax has launched the biggest smartphone ever. The Canvas Fantabulet features a 6.98-inch display (Micromax is trying really hard to ensure it’s not 7-inch) and it aims at making a place for itself in the rather crowded phablet market in India.
The mammoth 6.98-inch display is set at HD (720p) and it is complemented by the dual box speaker setup at the front. The Canvas Fantabulet draws its power from an unnamed quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz and paired with 1GB of RAM. On the imaging front, the phablet offers an 8-Megapixel primary camera and a 2-Megapixel secondary sensor. Micromax must have had a hard time to shave off that 0.02-inch so that people don’t call this a voice-calling tablet because of its 7-inch screen.
The Canvas Fantabulet offers 8GB of internal storage along with microSD card support. The device is backed up by a 3000mAh battery and runs on Android Lollipop. Also, you will get the usual bundle of applications which Micromax usually preinstalls in all of its phones – not something you’d like on a phone with just 8GB of internal storage. The Fantabulet comes equipped with the usual bunch of connectivity options including 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, however the device misses out on the quintessential 4G LTE connectivity which can be a deal breaker for some. The canvas Fantabulet will be available on Flipkart priced at Rs 7,499 (~$112) and will retail in Chrome Gold color.
While most of us might think that the 6.98-inch display is an overkill, what Micromax is trying to do is tap the sub Rs 10,000 market for the large screened phones. Most of the phones with 6-inch or larger sized screens cost more than 15k. The Micromax Fantabulet will thus have the advantage of the budget buyers who are looking for a large screened affordable device which can also double up as a tablet. That being said, apart from the size of the screen there is nothing much to talk about, the 1GB RAM, 2-Megapixel secondary camera and the unnamed quad-core processor all scream out the same thing, i.e cost cutting. But then if you want to buy a tablet sized phone within the Rs 10k range than Micromax Fantabulet seems to be the only option right now.