Marvell India has plans to launch a 10-inch tablet with capacitive touch screen for Rs. 10000. This could be a 3G tablet running Android Froyo. Marvel has also plans to launch 7-inch resistive tablets and 7-inch capacitive touch screen tablets. The price for 7-inch tablets could be Rs. 6000. A high-end tablet competing with Galaxy Tab and iPad is also on the cards.
Tablet launches aren’t coming thick and fast, at least in India. We are still stuck with the 10-odd Android tablets launched in India so far. The best tablet so far has been the Olivepad and a more expensive option is the Galaxy Tab. Apple still thinks it is above the rest and didn’t bother to launch its first generation iPad in India. This has led to very less competition in the tablet space. There aren’t enough benchmarks to test a new tablet against. Add to this the price range the tablets are being launched. The range is just too wide. Half a dozen tablets fall below Rs. 10K. The rest fall in the range from 10K to 40K.
Reliance is rumored to launch a 4G tablet for as low as Rs. 8000. Reliance has to get its 4G network up and then get the tablets on-board. Something tells me that it will not happen this year. We need at least 10 more tablets to be launched in the next three months to put some perspective and spot the trends. Notion Ink Adam, Motorola Xoom and probably iPad2 should make its way to India. And Reliance need to get their 4G tablet soon, so that the competition would think in terms of 4G and not 3G.
Marvell’s targeting India and playing with the price points augurs well for low-cost computing in India. Tablets getting cheaper than many of the phone is just icing on the cake.We just need more cakes.
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