Arc Mobile 701D Review

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Arc Mobile is a new brand in the mobile industry here in the Philippines, but it’s poised to compete with the leading local brands out.

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Arc Mobile is known for bringing the most affordable Smartphones available for every Filipinos. Now, here is an Arc Mobile tablet–Arc Mobile Tab 701D. A dual core tablet on a very affordable price.

Unboxing

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The Box has the Following:

  • Arc Mobile 701D Handset
  • Charger
  • Micro USB
  • User Guide
  • USB OTG Cable
  • Screen Protector
  • PIN (for removing memory card)
  • Headset

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FRONT: Front Camera on the upper right corner of the unit. No capacitive buttons on the unit. It uses the normal soft touch keys like any regular android tablets.

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BACK: 3MP Rear Camera, Arc Mobile Logo. Speakers on right side

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TOP: Power/Sleep Button, Volume Buttons

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Memory Card Slot and Mic at the back of the Volume Buttons

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RIGHT SIDE: USB Port, HDMI Port, Charging Port

Unboxing Photos

 

You may think that this tablet may lack features because of its affordable price, you might want to think twice. The Arc Mobile Tab 701D is a 7-inch tablet packed with 1.6 GHz Dual Core processor, and Mali-400 GPU. It has 8GB of internal memory which you can expand up to 32GB. It has a 2MP rear camera and VGA front camera. It supports USB OTG so you wont have a hard time transferring files using a flash drive. With this USB OTG feature, you can easily transform your tablet to a laptop by using an external keyboard. Unfortunately, I did not get to test if USB 3G dongles would work on this device.

Full Specifications

  • 7-inch WVGA (800×480) capacitive display, 133ppi
  • 1.6GHz dual-core Rockchip RK3066 processor, cortex-A9
  • ARM Mali-400 (quad-core) GPU
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB ROM
  • Expandable up to 32GB
  • 2MP fixed-focus camera (No LED Flash)
  • VGA frontcamera
  • WiFi Capable
  • USB-OTG
  • MicroUSB / 3.5mm audio jack
  • Accelerometer / Gravity Sensor
  • Li-Ion 3,200mAh battery

Performance

After I got hold of the unit, the first thing I did was to setup my account and immediately downloaded my favorite game, Need for Speed: Most Wanted. At first I was kinda hesitant that it will work because Arc Mobile is new to me and has not proven anything yet. But I guess the saying “Don’t Judge the Book by It’s Cover” is correct. Arc Mobile proved me wrong. The game ran smooth and impressive; although it took quite longer than usual to load the game. I also have tried playing different games like Plants Vs Zombies, Real Racing 3, Field Runners, Agent Dash, Temple Run 2, and others. All mentioned games worked well, but occasional stuttering and errors happened.

The unit heats up a little bit while playing but it is normal since most devices heat up when playing 3D games.

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Online Multiplayer Game: Heroes of Knight and Chaos

Productivity and work wise, 701D did not disappoint me. I tried to use it tablet to open my emails and document editing. I also did video calls using Skype, and Google Hangouts. In fact, I used this device with USB OTG keyboard to write my 2 previous articles.

Other brands will say that their tablet is powerful because it runs on a Quad Core processor but it fails during actual usage. Tab 701D over delivered in this aspect even if it only has a dual core processor. If you are looking for a good and affordable tablet, Tab 701D is the best for you.  At the price of Php3,999, this tablet will surely give a great value for your money.

You may watch the Big Time Show episode while they discuss the Arc Mobile 701D Tablet

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  • Arc Mobile 701D Review
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  • Published on: August 4, 2013
  • Last modified: August 4, 2013
  • Build
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  • Software
  • Camera
  • Value for Money

  • Review Summary:

  • Advertised as a dual core tablet with quad core GPU, the Arc Mobile 701D is an excellent device especially for those who have a workable budget.

Pros

Very affordable, but very good quality. Build is topnotch, and virtually no bloatware installed.

Cons

Subpar camera. Screen resolution isn't the most ideal to consume media and gaming content on a tablet.

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  • Charles

    Yes it is fast but not durable enough. After 3 months of moderate use, mine suddenly won’t turn-on. And when I brought it to the service center, I learned that it was the common problem of this brand. But I am hoping that they will address this problem soon

  • Sunny Boy Jumawan

    Easly lowbat…

  • Joan Baino

    I bought it 2 months ago. I love it actually and affordable too. But when I try to use its 3g by connecting the dongle, it doesnt work. :( I don’t know what to do. sa inyo po gumana ba? If yes po, ask lang sana ako if pano mo ginawa yun. Thanks po

  • Andi

    I bought mine last Dec.2013 tpos kelangan ko na ipa service ng January 2014 (speaker and screen rotation problem) naibalik skin ng MegaPhone in Festival Mall March na. I cant connect to the internet using the 3g dongle. the manual doesnt say if you need to switch something in the settings pa. since i dont have wifi,i use my laptop to install apk files for the apps. i hope somebody figures out how to make the 3g dongle connection work.