iBall just did an innovation, they just announced the mSLR Cobalt 4 in India with 4 detachable mSLR lenses that's bundled in the package. It's the first time I've seen such technology in a smartphone as iBall try to mimic a DSLR thru this mSLR.

iBall mSLR Cobalt 4
A phone with detachable lenses!

The highlight of this handset is of course the lenses. Those lenses include a zoom lens with 8x magnification, fish eye lens with 175-180 degree viewing angle, wide angle lens that has 130 degree viewing angle and a macro lens with 10x magnification and 10 - 15 mm minimum object distance.

Under the hood, this handset is decently spec'ed for the price. It has a 5 inch qHD IPS screen at 220 ppi, powered by a 1.4 GHz octa core Cortex-A7 processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB of expandable internal storage, 8 MP rear camera w/ AF and Flash, 3.2 MP front camera w/ soft flash and 2000 mAh of battery capacity. On it's camera software it offers features like face beauty, live photo and multi angle view. Connectivity-wise, it has 3G, WiFi, WiFi Direct, GPS / A-GPS, FM Radio, HotKnot and Bluetooth 4.0. It also has gesture recognition features like flip to mute and the following sensors: proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, and accelerometer.

The dual-SIM dual-standby supporting iBall mSLR Cobalt4 smartphone runs Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box. The mSLR Cobalt4 comes with a 5-inch (540x960 pixels) qHD IPS display with a pixel density of 220 ppi. The smartphone is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Cortex-A7 processor (unspecified) coupled with 1GB of RAM. It comes with 8GB of inbuilt storage, which is further expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB).

Of course with that sensor it won't match a DSLR, but what's exciting here is this is just the start and iBall just showed that this type of technology is possible. I would love to see it with more powerful camera sensors even at a higher price point in the future, but for now this is a great start! It retails around RS 8499 or roughly around PHP 5964.81 via direct conversion. I personally hope to see this in PH soon.


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