• Neo heats up PH tablet fray

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    m71-3gNeo Manufacturing and Services Inc. recently joined the Philippines’ fast-growing tablet market by introducing two new models to media last week.

    For the past 10 years, Neo has earned a reputation for high quality yet affordable mobile-based gadgets. This year, the company unveiled its Omnipad tablets to commemorate its 10th anniversary.

    Two models were revealed over the weekend during a press presentation at the Edsa Shangri-La in Mandaluyong. The Omnipad M71-36 is its higher end model retailing at P6,999, while the Omnipad R72 is for beginners and sells for P3,999.

    The M71-3G runs on Android 4.1 (AKA Jelly Bean) and includes a television function that allows users to watch free-to-air channels (non-cable) even without cellular or network access. This model also serves as a GPS receiver widely used for vehicle navigation.

    The device also offers standard Bluetooth, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity with a 1.2 GHz dual core processor and 7-inch 1024 X 768 display. Like its pricier competitors, the M71-3G also has front and rear cameras.

    With its dual SIM registration, the device can be used to make calls and send out texts.

    According to Neo founder Jason Cheng, the company envisions making available in the not too distant future “a tablet for every Filipino.”

    Said Cheng: “Entering the mobile hardware market, particularly tablets, should allow us to reach and serve a broader market of mass users.”

    Meanwhile, to erase the early image of the company that there was not enough after-sales service, Neo will be including a first-of-its-kind warranty merchandise arrangement for buyers of the Omnipad.

    The customer simply has to call the company if he or she is in need of technical support. An expert will then identify and troubleshoot if there are problems with the unit, and arrange to pick it up if necessary.

    According to Neo, this is the only warranty service agreement of its kind in the country.

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