As blogged by me earlier, 2012 is the season of tablets. To take advantage of ever increasing market of tablets in India, Digital Waves, a Bengaluru- based IT company, has launched its low-cost tablet in India – TabPlus Rio priced at Rs. 11,990. This TabPlus Rio tablet runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread platform. This tablet has following features :
- 1 GHz Cortex A9 processor
- 512 MB of DDR2 RAM
- 7″ inch screen with storage up to 32GB via Micro SD
- 800×480 pixel resolution display
- 4 GB of built-in storage expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g connectivity
- 3G connectivity via USB dongle (only on select models)
- microUSB port, USB port
- front-facing camera
- 3,000 mAh battery
- 4 side G-Sensor for gaming
- Weighs 350 grams
The set of features claim to offer web browsing with flash support, swifter multi-tasking, 3G via USB dongle (on select models, sold separately), wireless internet connectivity, Video Chat on Skype and HD video play back. It has a 3.5mm jack, along with built-in mic and speaker, and also USB and HDMI ports. This tablet gives access to more than 300,000 applications. The TabPlus Rio will ship free across India, and comes with a one-year warranty.
In the recent years, India’s tablet market has witnessed increasing competition, with several local manufacturers rolling out devices at affordable rates. This tablet, if successful, can give tough competition to Aakash tablet whenever the same is launched commercially in India. Although I have serious doubts about success of Aakash tablet in India because Government is involved in this project and everybody knows how the government department works in india.
According to rough estimate, India has a demand of approximately 3 lakh plus tablets this year and as I have written earlier, would-be buyers of tablets are looking at economically priced tablets. Digital Waves have a good chance to get good share of the market if their device turns out to be successful.