HCL Aims For Midrange Tablet Segment With HCLMe Tab U1

Its the time for a new wave of Mid-Range tablets in India. While the new iPad continues to wow audiences, Samsung launches variant after variant of their Galaxy Tab range. In the low-end tablet range, the Akash’s succcessor the Akash 2 is supposed to soon arrive in Indian markets for students to use. BSNL’s Tablet too is up for pre-order. But the most activity in India is in the Mid-Range-Tablets.

Yesteryear’s Reliance 3G Tab and Beetel Magiq Tab and HCL’s 1st Gen ME Tabs sold in decent numbers, but were crippled by 1-2 factors like inferior touchscreen quality. After the recently launched Zync Tab, we now have another Ice Cream Sandwich Tablet being launched: The HCL ME Tab U1.

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Said Head of Mobiliy at HCL, Mr. Gautam Advani, “This is an absolute value for money product and we expect it be a hit with our consumers. Apart from the fact that U1 is packed with the latest in technology, its superior aesthetics will definitely enhance the style quotient of our consumers – an aspect that is extremely important for today’s youth”

Here are the specs of the tablet:

  • Running the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Running a speedy 1Ghz Cortex A8 Processor
  • No Access to the Google Play Store, only the ME App Store
  • 7 inch Capacitive Screen at 800×480 pixels
  • 512 MB RAM, 4Gb Internal Memory with microSD Slot
  • 3600mAh Battery
  • WiFi with 3G Available through plugging in USB Modem
  • Front Facing Camera for Video Calls

Whatever the speculation may be, the fact that an Android Tablet is unable to access Android’s App Store aka Google Play is a major downer and we would consider it a deal breaker. However, HCL has launched two more variants of the Tablet, targeted at students: MyEduTab and MyEduTab K12.

These tablets are targeted at college and school students respectively. They are supposed to help give “Education On The Move” with collaborative learning. They have a cloud based learning ecosystem that will be available as a Premium Service.

The vanilla Tablet comes for Rs. 8500 while the EduTab and EduTab K12 sell for Rs. 9999 and Rs. 11499 respectively starting April 2012.

It will be interesting to see if educational institutions pick these tablets. What do you think of these tablets by HCL?

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