New Delhi: Low-cost
sleek tablets, some with exceptional features, have flooded the
price-conscious Indian market in recent months, challenging
According to Vishal Tripathi, principal research analyst, Gartner
Research, there has been a significant uptake of tablets in the
market as compared to last year.
"The demand for such devices from the enterprise verticals has
gone up. Sectors such as insurance have started using tablets for
front-end customisation. Even the education sector has started
showing keen interest in these devices," Tripathi told IANS.
The tablet shipment for the quarter ended March 31 stood at
300,000 and is expected to grow 25 percent annually.
According to Frost & Sullivan, the Indian tablet market would grow
to 23.38 million units by 2017.
"Tablet is a smart competing device that is fast catching up and
will be driven further by seemless connectivity options and thus
enhanced user experience," said Milan Seth, partner and technology
practice leader at research firm Ernst & Young India.
"In a price sensitive market like India it is the utility value
that makes the devices popular. Tablet is of no value if there are
no apps available," he added.
Tripathi, however, believes the tablets still have a long way to
go when it comes to offering bundled content.
"They are not offering enough content right now. Those companies
who are trying to differentiate themselves by offering content are
doing better in the market."
A look at three
Micromax Funbook, Price: Rs.6,999
Funbook is powered with 1.2 GHz Cortex-A8 processor and 512 MB
RAM. It is loaded with Android OS, v4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and
has an internal storage of 4 GB, which can be extended up to 32 GB
using external micro SD card.
It offers mini-USB port to plug-in the data card with the help of
the bundled adapter. It also provides Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity
through a USB dongle.
The device has a 7-inch capacitive touch screen with 800x480p
Loaded with a 2800 mAh battery, Funbook gives around 5 to 6 hours
of backup for an average user.
There is no rear camera, but the company has included a 0.3 MP
front camera which can be used for video chats.
HCL ME U1, Price: Rs.7,999
The sleek device is loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
operating system, 1Ghz processor with 512 MB RAM, and internal
memory of 4 GB expandable to 32 GB. The device also has a a full
USB, mini USB and a Micro SD card slot.
It offers an option of 3G data connectivity through USB modem, it
also provides for Wi-Fi connectivity.
It sports a 7-inch 800X480 pixel capacitive screen and has a 3600
mAH battery and gives around 5 to 6 hours of backup for an average
The tablet comes with a front camera for video chats.
It also has 17 pre-loaded applications covering jobs, games,
social networking and music.
Zync Z-999, Price: Rs.11,990
Zync looks simple but is loaded with 512 MB of RAM, 3G
connectivity and a SIM-slot and hence calling facility. Powered
with 1.5 GHz single-core ARM Cortex A8 processor, the device
offers a micro USB port, 3.5mm jack as well as mini HDMI out.
It has a 7-inch capacitive touch screen with 480x800 pixel
resolution and loaded with a 4200 mAH battery that gives around 3
to 4 hours of backup for an average user.
It has a front facing camera, built in camera resolution Mega
Pixel- 2.0 MP rear and 0.3MP front.