We are living in an era of budget electronic devices. At first it was about low-cost smartphone revolution, now it’s about affordable tablet computing devices.
Today, a desktop computer would cost you little below Rs.15000 for personal use. But, the tablet market has graduated to a next level altogether with computing devices costing at much lower prices than desktop PCs and offering the comforts of mobility as pocket-sized computers.
While a Reliance 3G tablet costs around Rs.13000, the 7-inch sized Beetal Magiq calls for less than Rs.10,000 from your pocket. The latest to join the race of budget tablets is HCL Infosystems’ all-new Me-X1 tablet based on Android 2.3 OS with 1 GHz and 512 RAM, priced at Rs.10490.
Not to mention the world’s cheapest tablet, Aakash, powered by 366 MHz Processor and 256 MB RAM. The subsidized (only for students) Aakash tablet provides a screen resolution of 800x 480 and runs on Android 2.2 Froyo OS and sports 7” resistive screen, priced at Rs.2276/-
Moreover, the makers of Aakash tablet, UK-based Datawind, are planning to launch the GPRS-enabled Aakash 2 with a faster 700 MHz Processor and upgraded capacitive touch screen at an approximate price of Rs.2999 in December.
The company is also said to be in preliminary talks with Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries to check possibility of the new tablet launch with 4G coverage through TD-LTE technology, according to a media report. However, this 4G-enabled tablet could be priced higher at Rs.4000-5000, yet at half the price of rival product offerings.
Reliance Industries holds pan-India license and BWA spectrum across all the 22 circles to run broadband wireless services, after it acquired 95% stake in Infotel Broadband for Rs.4800 crore to ride the next wave of value creation opportunity in wireless broadband space.