When Kapil Sibal first unveiled the prototype of the world’s cheapest tablet-PC,not many were ready to give credence to the fact. However, as it turns out, after the formal launch on 5th October, 2011 the tablet has had about 3 lakh pre-launch bookings for its commercial version, dubbed as UbiSlate 7,which will go on sale sometime at the fag-end of January,2012.
The device was jointly developed by the London-based company DataWind with the Indian Institute of Technology Rajasthan and manufactured by the India-based company Quad, at a new production centre in Hyderabad — under a trial run of 100,000 units.
The initial release included the student’s version which had a price tag of around Rs.1500. The commercial version that will be released next year is expected to cost around Rs.3000. By February 2012, a substantially upgraded second generation version touted as ”Aakash 2.0″ will be made available. It will come with a 800 Mhz processor replacing the current 366 Mhz processor.
It will improve the speed of the tablet and will enable downloading videos from internet.
The RAM (Random Access Memory) of the Aakash-2 will be enhanced to 1GB from 256 MB in Aakash-1 that restricted multi-tasking.
- Processor: Connexant with Graphics accelerator and HD Video processor
- Memory (RAM): 256MB RAM / Storage (Internal): 2GB Flash
- Storage (External): 2GB to 32GB Supported
- Peripherals (USB2.0 ports, number): 2 Standard USB port
- Audio out: 3.5mm jack / Audio in: 3.5mm jack
- Display and Resolution: 7” display with 800×480 pixel resolution
- Input Devices: Resistive touch screen
- Connectivity and Networking: GPRS and WiFi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g
- Power and Battery: Up to 180 minutes on battery. AC adapter 200-240 volt range
- OS: Android 2.2
- Document Rendering
- Supported Document formats: DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, ODT, ODP
- PDF viewer, Text editor
- Multimedia and Image Display
- Image viewer supported formats: PNG, JPG, BMP and GIF
- Supported audio formats: MP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, WMA
- Supported video formats: MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, FLV
- Communication and Internet
- Separate application for online YouTube video
- Safety and other standards compliance
- CE certification / RoHS certification
Samsung Galaxy Note
In its latest offering, Samsung has dished out a hybrid between a smartphone and a tablet which is a clever move considering the widespread popularity of tablets and smartphones among the young working class.
Samsung Galaxy Note will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, sports a 5.3-inch Super AMOLED screen and comes with a capacitive stylus called S Pen. It is powered by a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor. There’s an 8 MP rear and 2 MP front camera. The smartphone comprises 16GB internal memory, expandable upto 32 GB with a microSD card slot.
The device also supports S Pen (Advanced smart pen) for additional inputs and runs on a standard Li-on 2,500 mAh battery.It has a standby time of 570 hours and a talk-time of 780 mins. On connectivity front, Galaxy Note supports Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, GPS, HSPA+.
Samsung Galaxy Note weighs at 178g and has dimensions of 146.85×82.95×9.65 mm
It will be getting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update sometime early next year. Samsung Galaxy Note is priced at Rs 34,990.
Continuing the legacy of its illustrious of predecessor Moto Razr which was launched in the summer of 2004,the latest offering from Motorola Mobility-‘Motorola Razr’ is all set to take the world by storm.
Priced at around Rs.32,000,the Razr comes with front-facing 720p HD video camera and an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p HD video capture capability. It has 1GB of RAM, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and runs Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread).
Razr also sports a 4.3 inch super-AMOLED advanced qHD display coupled with laser-cut Kevlar fiber and Corning Gorilla Glass to withstand scratches and scrapes. According to the company, every part of Razr is protected by a splash-guard coating, including the electrical boards inside. The phone will offer upto 10 hours talktime or 13.5 days standby on 3G usage powered by its 1780 mAh Li Ion battery.
Weighing at 127 grams and with dimensions of 130.7 x 68.9 x 7.1 mm, it has been dubbed as the “world’s thinnest 4G smartphone”. This is first high profile release from the stables of Motorola Mobility after its acquisition by Google Inc. It will be interesting to see if the new Razr can live up to its name after the lukewarm reception to its tablet Xoom.