The low cost educational android tablet war is getting crowded in the Indian market. It all started with Akash- India's $35 tablet last year. Then came Ubislate 7+ at a price tag of 3000 INR($60) with 3G support and other features. All this started when the Indian Government decided to start developing tablets for its students.
Here am listing out a few other cheap tablets to be launched this month or in a month.
The latest entrant in the field is the Penta series tablets introduced by BSNL, the state owned telecom carrier.
BSNL has launched three tablets in partnership with Pantel, a Noida-based company. The three new BSNL tablets are Penta TPAD IS701R, Penta TPAD WS704C and Penta TPAD WS802C.
Out of the 3, Penta TPAD IS701R is the costs the lowest at INR3500($68). The device packs a 17.8-cm (7-inch) resistive touchscreen,800 X 600 resolution, front-facing camera, 1GHz processor and 256 MB RAM running Android gingerbread 2.3, which is expandable up to 32 GB via memory card.
ATab is another new device to debut in the low-cost tablet market segment. AcrossWorld Education has launched ATab tablet in India in a tie-up with Delhi-based GoTech.
The ATab Android tablet features a 17.8-cm (7-inch) TFT touchscreen, 1.1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM with 2 GB built-in memory, expandable up to 32 GB. The device will further support Wi-Fi and an external 3G USB dongle. The company plans to provide a three-year free and unlimited access to AcrossWorld Education's proprietary and revolutionary education technology platform, EducationBridge. Atab will hit the stores in the Indian market in the second week of March at a price point of INR 5,000.
Hyderabad-based start-up firm Bizz Group is set to launch six new budget tablets priced between INR 3,200 and INR 12,000 in the second week of March to compete with Aakash tablets.
The company revealed that BizzBook B7i1 will be in the same league as Aakash tablet, priced at INR 3,200. The new B7i1 tablet will sport a resistive 17.7-cm (7-inch) touchscreen, a 800 Mhz processing speed, Android 2.2 operating system, and a battery that can last from two to four hours. However, additional phone calling will make the device costlier by INR 4,200. The company will also be offering a device matching the specs of Aakash 2 in the coming days.
ClassPad tablet is being launched by Mind Shaper Technologies (Classteacher Learning Systems). The device comes with a touchscreen, 1.3 Ghz processing speed, built-in memory of 4 GB, expandable up to 8 GB and 7-hour battery life.
Classteacher today provides solutions to almost 700 schools and has 80,000 digitised lessons and 50,000 digitised assessment programmes. The ClassPad tablets are priced between INR 6,000 and INR 12,000, depending on the screen size. The high-end version comes with a trolley model size for the students, which comprises 40 tablets within a single trolley to be shared amongst 12 classes in a single day.
AllGo Slate Tablet, designed and developed by AllGo Embedded Systems. Claims to be the first indigenously designed Android tablet in India, the Stamp tablet is a sub-10K device offered with L2 and L3 level hardware support in the Indian market.
The Stamp tablet packs a 17.8-cm (7-inch) WVGA LCD display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 4 wire resistive touchscreen (but very responsive), ARM9 processor and Android v2.2 OS. Targeted at educational institutions, the device helps students watch course videos and read online eBooks. Available for bulk orders, the AllGo Stamp tablet is approximately priced at INR 8,000 in India.