HCL Infosystems Ltd., unveiled two powerful products today – the HCL ME U1 and the HCL MyEdu Tab at a press conference held in New Delhi today. While the U1 is a trendy and stylish device, based on the latest Android ICS operating software and designed specially to suit the needs of the Indian consumer, the MyEdu Tab caters to the needs of learners across schools and higher education institutions and provides personalized and collaborative learning.
The U1 is powered by the latest and super fast Android OS 4.0.3 – Ice Cream Sandwich. It is packed with 17 local ready to use applications, sports a 7″ inch 800×480 Pixel Capacitive Screen and has a 1 Ghz processor. The tablet has a front camera and 512 MB RAM, with an internal memory of 4 GB expandable to 32 GB. HCL ME U1 also has a full USB, mini USB and a Micro SD card slot. The U1 also provides for Wi-fi connectivity. The tablet also enables an exclusive access to the ME App store which has over 10000 applications capturing the latest and the best Android Apps in the world for U1 users. The tablet is priced at Rs 7,999.
The MyEduTab tablet is meant to cater to the needs of learners across schools and higher education institutions. The HCL MyEdu Tab comes in two variants – MyEduTab – K12 and MyEduTab – Higher Education (HE).
The price for the MyEduTab – K12 version is Rs 11,499, which includes the price of the device, content and a memory card while educational applications and NCERT books will be free. On the other hand, the MyEduTab – Higher Education (HE) version is priced at Rs 9,999, which will include the device, educational content and online certification pack.
Speaking on the launch, Gautam Advani, EVP & Head, Mobility, HCL Infosystems said, “The tablet market in India is growing at a rapid pace and the device is fast enriching consumer’s lives by finding unique usages from a learning companion to a productivity enhancer. We are extremely proud to support this next wave of growth by introducing the U1 which is built on the success of our earlier version and is an addition in our product portfolio.”
MyEduTab will be available on specifications similar to U1, which is also provided with integrated back up service with HCL Touch, a 24×7 one touch service facility. Both tablets will be available in stores and for educational institutes in Delhi and across the country from April 2012 onwards.
Our honourable HRD minister must look at these tablets, which are available and is being supplied by reputed company, which has unmatched support and service infrastructure spred over 4000+ cities in India. Replying to a query in the press conference, Mr. Gautam Advani, said that they would like to participate in the second tender of Government of India depending upon the specifications stated in the tender. Our HRD minister must have a serious look at these tablets and given the volume of tablets required by the government, he can certainly negotiate good prices with HCL.
His dream project of Aakash tablet may not materialize as we understand that now the launch of revised version has been postponed to May. Mr. Kapil should lay its hands on HCL tablets which are available and will prove trustworthy rather than run after a product, which is neither available nor can be successful at the given price of around Rs. 2500/-.