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  • The Tablet-PC Market Is Heating UP! Which One Will You BUY?

    The Tablet-PC Market Is Heating UP! Which One Will You BUY?With Apple i-Pad 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, 10.1 and S2, LG Optimus Pad and many more from the stables of the local players expected to be launched soon, the Tablet-PC market is heating up at a scorching pace. And this has brought a smile to the faces of all those gadget freaks out there who are salivating at the thought of an unprecedented war between the OEMs. Aakanksha Gupta, a self-confessed gadget lover, who is pursuing her MBA from Welingkar, Mumbai says, “This flooding of Tablets in the market will not only bring down the prices but also push companies to provide better features than their competitors. I can’t wait to lay my hands on a feature rich tablet!”

    With FaaDoOEngineers already having covered the i-Pad 2 sometime back (Click Here), it is now time to have a look at what the others are bringing to the table.

    LG Optimus Pad

    Announced at Mobile World Congress, LG Optimus Pad will feature an 8.9-inch display, Android 3.0 platform, & NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor. It will also be world’s first tablet with a 3D camera. The price of this cool device is expected to be around the INR 30-35k mark. When our correspondent contacted LG to further probe the probable price, a senior official revealed that LG is working hard to bring the price below INR 30,000/-.

    lg optimus pad full view

    LG Optimus Pad tablet key expected specifications

    • 8.9 inch, 3D-capable multi-touch display , 1280 x 768 pixels resolution
    • front-facing camera for video-calling
    • Dual rear cameras for 3D effects , dual LED flash
    • dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor
    • 6,400mAh battery
    • 32GB of internal memory
    • High speed 3G HSPA connectivity
    • Wireless LAN Wi-Fi
    • Full-HD video playback
    • 3D games support
    • HDMI output
    • Multi-format music player
    • Video player
    • Bluetooth
    • miniUSB

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, slimmer 10.1

    Samsung has surprised everyone by announcing launch of not one but two new tablets. Its commendable how Samsung was able to come out with a thinner 10.1 so soon. The new tablets from the Samsung stable are slimmer and lighter than even the i-Pad 2! Lets see how 8.9 and 10.1 stack up against the i-Pad:

    comparison of ipad 2 samsung pad and lg pad

    The Local Players – the Jokers in the pack!

    Now that was about the big MNCs, let us now try and understand what our local players are planning to do in this overheating market. With handset manufacturers like Micromax, Lava, Lemon, Spice, Zen, Olive, G’Five and Fly amongst others already accounting for 40% of the handset market, the tablet market seems like a good choice to enter into. A source tells FaaDoOEngineers that these players are expecting to replicate the successful formula of offering cheaper and competitive alternatives to the mid-income group. A stronger distribution network as compared to large players only adds to their confidence. With Google Android operating system expected to be the choice for these OEMs, it is expected that the tablets from these companies would rival that of the Samsung tablet. According to UK based research firm Strategy Analytics, the share of Android based tablets was now close to 22% up from 3% in the last quarter of the last financial year.

    With Delhi based Lava Mobiles having announced its tablet priced between INR 15000 to INR 20000 is due for launch in September and G’Five too confirming an upcoming launch in April for a tablet priced around INR 10000, it is clear that the users are going to be absolutely confused when it comes to buying tablets.
    But spoilt for choice, they are definitely going to be!!

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