The Telpad’s getting souped up, and according to EVP and head of PLDT Home Business Ariel Fermin, they’re eyeing at least 100,000 households to have the landline-cum-tablet by year end.
The Telpad was first introduced by PLDT in 2011 to counter the decrease in landline sales. It combines a landline and Android tablet experience for a fixed monthly premium depending on the PLDT phone line and myDSL subscription.
The latest dual-core Telpad has a Huawei-made tablet component that's consistent with its predecessor. The hardware itself retains its plastic construction, with a two-tone, gray-and-white color scheme as seen in last year's unit.
But whereas the previous-gen Telpad only has a single-core processor and an underwhelming 7-inch touch display, the new Telpad is more responsive and wields a decent 7-inch 1,024 x 600 IPS panel.
It's also running Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2, so you get expanded notifications and all the performance improvements of Project Butter. The dual-core chip is clocked at 1.6GHz; RAM is 1GB; and internal storage’s at 8GB with room for more via microSD.
The new Telpad also features 3-megapixel and VGA rear and front cameras, Bluetooth, and a microUSB port that doubles as an MHL input for streaming content to TVs using the supplied MHL-to-HDMI converter.
We're told the non-removable battery delivers an estimated six hours of video playback before the unit powers off.
On the content side, the recently launched Telpad has access to the following:
1. heyU. Allows free and unlimited voice calls to another device, say, an Android smartphone or tablet where heyU is installed. Up to five numbers can be registered per Telpad; the first number is free of charge, but succeeding numbers will be charged P75 each.
2. Smart Music. You can use the unit to browse MCA Music's global catalog of more than 3 million tracks and (legally) download tunes from your favorite local and international artists for as low as P15 per song. A subscription comes with five free song downloads.
3. EA Games. Offers several AAA titles from different video-game genres. Two premium games are free for every dual-core Telpad subscription.
4. Clickplay. An on-demand streaming service in partnership with Warner Studious. It lets you watch recently released Hollywood blockbusters either on the tablet itself or a big-screened TV.