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HCL ME Tablet X1 review

Updated on April 21, 2012
HCL X1 tablet
HCL X1 tablet

HCL ME X1 tablet has been released to market at a price of Rs. 10500. There are cheaper tablets available in the market, lacking some features starting from Aakash tablet at a price of $35. Also there are high end tablets like iPad from Apple, Galaxy Tabs from Samsung. So we can consider HCL ME X1 as a mid range tablet. It comes with very good configuration wise and aesthetic features.

It runs on a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor and posses 512MB RAM, so performance and speed is not bad. But this speed is available even in phones of the range. Display is also decent at this price. You are also getting an internal memory of 4GB. So there is no need to worry about moving apps to memory card. It also supports memory card up to 32GB. Even though front camera of decent quality is present for video calling, there is no other secondary camera. It supports Wi-Fi and 3G using USB dongles. Also you cannot find a regular USB port, only mini USB port is available.It supports most of the video formats with built in hardware support. So there is no need to worry to search for secondary media playing apps. Also there is built in Flash support. Also there is a built in microphone. Making video calling easy. The size of the tablet is also very handy. The capacitive touch screen is responsive. So it is one of the good tablets available in this price range.

But there are some serious cons for this tablet, which may hinder some users from purchasing this tablet. HCL provides only ME app store in this tablet. It contains only some 10k of apps, but it is nothing compared to Android Market containing 2 lakh of apps. But HCL is not allowing Android market in this tablet. You cannot find regular USB port in the tablet. It would have been very useful, if you had one, as it supports all media formats, you could have easily watched movies from your pen drive itself. Also there is built in SIM card support. Even in Aakash tablet of $35 you can find SIM card module. So you cannot use 3G sim in the tablet to get 3G access but you have to use USB dongle type 3G devices. So making call from this device using s SIM is not at all possible

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HCL ME Tablet X1 Specifications  
1 GHz Cortex A8
Operating System:
Android 2.3 - Gingerbread
7 inch LED Capacitive Multitouch Screen (800x480 pixels)
512 MB DDR3
Internal Storage:
4 GB
Expandable Storage Capacity:
Upto 32 GB using MircroSD Card
Primary Camera:
2 megapixels
Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) and 3G
Battery Type:
3500 mAh Lithium - Polymer
Video Formats Supported:
AVI, WMV, MP4, MKV, RMVB, FLV, H.263, H.264
HDMI, Mini-B USB 2.0, 3.5 mm Headphone Jack
192.5 x 121.35 x 12.2 mm
391.5 g
Built-in Microphone, In-Built Adobe Flash Player 10.3, G-Sensor


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      vinner 5 years ago from India

      @ayush it will not support SIM card functionality.

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      ayush 5 years ago

      Does tablet X1 supports sim card

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      Robzz 5 years ago

      I heard like there is some HCL appstore for Android apps. If I remeber correctly the name is "SlideMe". Can't we download Android apps that we need from this appstore?. But sill lack of front camera is a drawback, we cannot use skype for video calling right?

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      vinner 5 years ago from India

      @Mohit- Yes my friend, these are serious defects, but lets hope that HCL will come up with some variant of the tablet with these features.

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      mohit 5 years ago

      with no back camera its useless and also no acess to android maerket is a huge drawback.

      if a person wishes to buy it may not by for the above mentioned reason....

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      Galib 6 years ago

      I heard there is no rear camera for this tablet. Is the 2MP camera that you have mentioned the front camera. In that case it will be useful for video calling. But for taking pictures by seeing them in display will not be possible. Also I heard that there is no Android market app in this tablet. Isn't that a huge drawback. If android market is not there you are loosing access to the main power source of Android which is the 2.5 lakh apps available in Android market

      But the 1GHz processor and 512MB RAM impressed me pretty well. Surely that will boost the performance of the phone