P2199 Torque Ego Phab 3G – Hands on with Torque’s Dual SIM 7-inch Budget Phablet

Some of us want an all-in-one phone – fits the budget, dual SIM, big screen for casual games, Facebook, and videos. Torque’s 7-inch P2199 phablet, the Ego Phab 3G may be the budget phablet you need.

Out of the box, you have all you need, including a screen protector. The build quality of the Ego Phab 3G is a solid, dense, hard plastic. It practically doesn’t creak or bend. The highlight here, of course, is that you get a big phone for half the price of the usual P5k-ish budget Androids, but with a decent build and specs and no bloatware.

It’s not going to run the most graphic-heavy games or be a champion at multi-tasking, the price already curbs your expectations. But if you ever lose your phone on the way to work, you can buy a Torque Ego Phab 3G and a tide-over SIM and still be in touch with your friends and loved ones.

Torque Ego Phab 3G Full Specs

Android 5.1
7-inch TFT screen, 1024×600 pixels
Dual SIM
SC7731 Quad Core Cortex-A7 @1.2GHz
Capacitive multi-touch screen
1GB RAM + built-in 8GB memory
WiFi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
0.3M Front and 2MP Rear cameras
3.7V 2500 mAh Li-on battery
SRP P2199

There is a market for low priced 7-inch tablets and phablets, and that’s where Torque’s focus is at the moment. Torque has two other 7-inch tablets (no phone functionality though) that’s also decent for the price – the Ego Tab S and Ego Tab Q.


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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for www.technoodling.net.