With tablets flooding the Indian market, tablets may soon be reigning in India. Following the launch of a number of the devices from the likes of BSNL, and Datawind, two cheap Android devices have made an entry into the Indian market recently.
The tablets, named Ira and Ira Thing, have been launched by Wishtel, a relatively lesser known Indian company.
Ira, the cheaper of the two, features a 7 inch resistive touchscreen and comes with Android 2.2, WiFi, 2 GB internal memory, 3G modem support via USB, a 3.5 mm audio jack and a 2800 mAh battery. It is priced at Rs4,000. Ira Thing, on the other hand, is the costlier version with similar specifications. However, it has a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen and costs Rs5,500.
Notably, Datawind came out with its Aakash tablet last year but has come in for severe criticism regarding quality. The tablet is not available in the retail market even as the company keeps promising it would be available soon.
BSNL's cheap tablet has the same story to tell and its cheapest tablet, especially, has attracted adverse comment from various quarters, and it too has not made it to the market yet.
The Mumbai-based Wishtel's tablets Ira and Ira Thing, support 23 Indian languages.
The seven-inch portable devices come with Taiwanese chipmaker VIA Technology's 800 MHz processor and operate on the Google Android ecosystem. Ira boasts a TFT LCD resistive touch screen, 256 MB RAM and 2GB of storage, the top-of-line Ira Thing comes packed with features like a capacitive touch screen, 215 MB RAM with 4 GB of storage.
According to Wishtel CEO Milind Shah who spoke to The Hindu, the company's engineers had included in the Linux kernel of the gadget the Indian language packs available for the ecosystem. Users would not only be served the menu option in their regional language, they would also be able to type and view regional language content. An eBook reader that allows users to read content in Hindi and other languages also comes with Native Apps.