Acer has tied up with Tata Teleservices to launch the Aspire One AOD 260 netbook in India that comes with a pre-embedded Tata Photon Plus that will let users to access internet up to the speed of 3.1 Mbps.
The Netbook would be employing the HSIA (High Speed Internet Access) technology on Tata’s CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) network that would provide users with a real mobile broadband experience.
Coming to the general specs of Aspire One AOD 260, it has 10.1” screen with LED back-lit and 16:9 aspect ratio. The processor is Intel Atom N450 and the RAM is 1GB DDR2 coupled with a HDD of 160 GB 5400 RPM. It also has a six-cell battery with eight hours of life and comes with a 1.3 MP camera, preloaded Windows 7 Starter OS, Bluetooth connectivity, three USB ports and WLAN among others.
Excited over this partnership, President, Corporate Monitoring Group, Tata Teleservices Limited, Mr. Lloyd Mathias said, “Partnering with Acer India enables us to provide customers with a compelling proposition—that of accessing the Internet at blazing speeds on the Photon Plus platform, making for a new and invigorating computing experience on the feature rich Aspire One.” He further added, “The Acer Netbook will herald a new era in versatile computing, and is in keeping with TTSL’s endeavor to provide affordable and ubiquitously accessible high-speed Internet access to its customers. We are confident that the partnership will bring to the Indian market an innovative solution that offers a world-class computing experience and ubiquitous broadband connectivity.”
S. Rajendran, Chief Marketing Officer, Acer India was also equally excited over the new tie-up. He opined, “Ever since the launch of netbooks in India, the market has been displaying tremendous growth for mobile computing devices. Acer, known to break new ground in launching fresh technology, has yet again brought a consumer friendly netbook Aspire One D260 which provides embedded broadband connectivity at ease. With this launch, we will be in a position to adapt to the ever changing needs of our consumers. Acer’s embedded broadband netbook with a multitude of attendant benefits like longer battery-life, convenience, tighter integration, security and lower TCO will surely be a great welcome in the marketplace. This smooth and slender lightweight netbook is a great solution for Internet mobility.”
This is Acer India’s first ever strategic alliance with Tata Teleservices to offer a high-end Netbook. Aspire One AOD 260 is laden with excellent features and performance capabilities that are sure to boost productivity and enhance mobile computing experiences of the users.
The product is priced at Rs 17,999 + taxes and as a part of the tie-up, during the first phase; the Aspire One netbooks would be on sale at all Tata Teleservices retail outlets in Delhi and Mumbai. It will also be available at all Acer showrooms and retail outlets.
My Two Cents: At a time when 3G has already rolled in, smartphones proliferated, number of Wi-Fi Spots increased and Tata Photon Plus devices available at throw away prices, will this new offering attract a good number of buyers? What do you think?