Aakash 2 : Will it create milestone in Tablet market?

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.

image thumb28 Aakash vs. Reliance 3G Tab vs. HCL X1 vs. Beetal Magiq [Low cost Tablet comparison]

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.

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