MITASHI PLAY BE 200: Bigger and better

Updated: Jan 17 2013, 15:54pm hrs
A large display tablet at an affordable price

Hiren Mehta

Mitashi has jumped into the tablet segment with an affordable device. This is not a 3G enabled tablet, so theres no SIM slot. However, you can attach a USB data dongle via the micro-USB port to use data on the go. The micro-USB-to-USB-male cable supplied with the tablet is extremely short. No HDMI interface is present and also the micro SD slot is inconveniently placed at a depth below other ports. There is no support for Bluetooth as well. The standard 3.5mm audio jack seems to be the only saving grace on the connectivity front, apart from the usual Wi-Fi support which is now commonplace. There is only one camera, which is front-facing but captures satisfactory photos. 512 MB of RAM and 1 GHz processor provide satisfactory performance. The battery is a 3500 mAH one.

The 9-inch multi-touch display with a relatively low resolution makes it easier on the eye. The user interface has five home screens. The touch response of the display is good and owing to the larger screen with low resolution, visuals look larger than they should and it becomes easier to operate using touch for those having shaky or thick fingers. Multi-tasking is average, with slightly noticable lags in the systems performance and touch responsiveness. The system as a whole delivers above-average performance, as per the 3,754 score reported by Antutu. The same applies for the graphics sub-system too, where An3DBench gave a score of 6,633 and An3DBenchXL reported a score of 21,105.

On the Web browsing front, the HTML5 chapter of Vellamo Mobile Benchmark scored a below-average 643 whereas the Metal chapter reported a score of 213. The camera takes good photos under night-time ambient lighting as well as day-time indoor lighting but fares badly during daytime outdoor lighting. The speakers emit clear sound and like its smaller counterpart, the BE 200 too doesnt come with bundled earphones.

The build quality feels plasticky. Along with the screen guard, the back too has a protective film over it with holes for the speaker and the reset pin. The power adapter has pins running parallel to the length of the adapter, which means that it may become cumbersome for someone wanting to plug in the adapter in a power strip where almost all sockets have been plugged in. Pre-loaded applications, like its smaller counterpart, are mainly geared towards productivity and entertainment, including an HD video player. The tablet is slightly heavy at about 525 grams and takes 38 seconds to boot. While streaming an HD video over Wi-Fi, the battery drained in a little over eight hours from 100% charge.

At nearly R8,000, the BE 200 is slightly costlier than a few budget Android tablets such as Zync Z919 and the Zen Ultratab 7.0. If you do not mind limited connectivity but would rather go for a larger screen that is easier on the eye, you might want to go for this one.

Estimated street price: Rs.7,990