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Low priced Android phones and tablets in the Philippines

I’ve just recently noticed the numerous releases of Android-enabled devices in the Philippine market. I’ve found at least 2 Android mobile phones and 2 Android tablets that have been released by local companies. The two Android mobile phones come from a company callled Torque while the two Android tablets come from KingCom. The devices are priced lower than the usual phones or tablets you’d find from HTC or Samsung. In fact, they are priced below the 10,000 peso point.

Torque, a company selling China-made feature phones, has now entered the Android market with it’s Droidz Tandem (above left) and Droidz Dual (above right) Android phones. Both mobile phones come with Android 2.2 (Froyo), Dual SIM, Dual Standby, Wifi, bluetooth, Quadband GSM, 256 ROM, 256 RAM, 2-megapixel camera with flash, FM radio.

Torque Droidz Tandem has a 3.5″ HVGA capacitve touchscreen while the Droidz Dual has only 3.2 inches. The Droidz Tandem is strikingly similar to the iPhone 4 while the Droidz Dual looks like an HTC Magic.

Kingcom on the other hand, decided to introduce a couple of resitive touch screen tablets running Android 2.2 (Froyo). One is a 800×480 pixel 7-inch (Joypad 71) and the other is an 800×600 pixel 8-inch (Joypad 81) tablet.

Both tablets has a WM8650 with 800 Mhz CPU + 400 Mhz DSP, 256MB memory, builtin 2 GB Flash Memory, card slot support maximum capacity of 32GB, 4-Dimensional gravity sensor, Wifi and a 300,000 pixel camera.

It looks like Android enabled devices are starting to gain popularity and traction in the Philippines and this is definitely just the start of a lot more Android phones and tablets being introduced this year.

[Update] To find out more lost cost Android phones read the list of cheap Android phones in the Philippines that cost 10,000 pesos or less.

Gerry Ilagan

Gerry Ilagan is into mobile apps and WordPress development at @speeqs. He loves to write about electronics, the Internet of Things, mobile phones, and #crazyideas.

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lei
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hi Gerry! based on what youve seen, do you think they are worth buying? have you tried using them? It is really more affordable but can it really compete with Samsung galaxy tab?

Gerry
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Hi Lei,

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is on a different price point so it’s hard to make a comparison with the couple of Torque tablets I’ve posted above.

Where you buy the Galaxy Tab or the Torque would depend on your budget. The Galaxy Tab which is more expensive also has features that aren’t present on the Torque tablets. These features may or may not be useful to you as a user depending on your needs.

If you have a budget for the Galaxy Tab and there are features in there that you need then you should buy it.

I hope that helps.

adrianoel
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Where can I go to choose an android tablet offering numerous brands/models (eg Coby, Motorola, Archos, China brands etc)

Gerry
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You can find them in phone shops in malls.

Yuuki
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Choose the torque check the insides and if most of the hardware drivers are available then mod it to cyanogenmod.

Dennis
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Hi Gerry, I am looking for an affordable tablet with high quality. Would you recommend the Torque and Kingcom Tablet or Android phone above?

Gerry
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You can checkout others like Coby, MSI and Arnova w/c are affordable too.

karsie
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sir what is the cheapest android phone in town

Patricia
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Hi Gerry How Much is That Tablet ?
isnt it Easily Damage ?

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