A week after India’s telecom major Reliance Communications launched a $286 Android tablet, the other communications giant Bharti Enterprises said Thursday it had launched the cheapest tablet PC — a $220 tablet computer Magiq — as a domestic challenger to Apple’s iPad.
The $220 (Rs 9,999) Android-based Indian tablet PC has pretty standard looking specs including a 7-inch touchscreen, a 2MP front camera and a rear camera and 8GB of internal memory that can be expanded using microSD cards up to 32GB. The Magiq supports Wi-Fi and 3G and is powered by a GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and a 2200 mAh battery.
The tablet comes with a nice comfortable stand as well to make your professional work much easy. It adds to the functionality of the product by making it portable at any given time!
Bharti’s Beetel Magiq tablet might not be the “best tablet PC” around, but certainly is the latest entry as the so-called “tablet war” heats up in the nascent market where manufacturers are seeking to tap predicted strong demand in the country of 1.2 billion people.
In price-conscious India, the domestic handset vendors with their cheaper products have grabbed around 18 percent of total domestic handset sales, up from a less than one percent share in 2008, according to industry data.
“We are following our policy and offering a luxury to masses which is absolutely in their budget. It has all the features of a iPad but yet so very affordable. It is meant for tier 2 and tier 3 cities’ tech savy consumers. A tablet is an aspiration and we all want to flaunt the same. Magiq is making your dream come true,” said Vind Sawhny, ED & CEO, Beetel Teletech during the launch of this much anticipated product.
He further added, “At Beetel, we remain committed to introduce affordable and feature-rich mobile devices which offer great value-proposition and suit the customers’ requirements and style. As part of this endeavor, our design and development team is working on prototype devices which will change the landscape of the Indian mobile market.”
The tablet makers are also hoping customers will leapfrog to cheaper tablets, avoiding costlier personal computers, as they did when they bought mobile phones instead of waiting for land line phones.
Bharti Beetel has promised that the tablet will get the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update at a later date. Airtel offers some data plans for the Magiq tablet.
Users can avail 2GB of 3G data for the first two months, for both prepaid and postpaid connections. What do you think about this new entrant in the already over-crowding tablet industry?