Tuesday, 28 February 2012

BSNL Low Cost Tablet

BSNL, working with "Pantel Technologies" in Noida has come up with three low-cost tablet alternatives providing tethered data plans.

The lowest cost is a 7-inch tablet priced at Rs 3,250 whose most tardy feature is a Resistive Touchscreen. All models have relatively lower RAM than the glitterati tablets that vie with the likes of iPad.

These are nowhere close and are strictly meant to be affordable. They are not meant to be positioned against the Samsung Galaxy Tab or Motorola Xoom or Acer Iconia. The iPad is way out of league in comparison.

For those who would be interested in getting heavier tablets for a more affordable budget, you could take a look at the specifications. All the Tablets are named 'Penta T-PAD' and the interesting part is the number of ports they come with.

The model names beginning T-PAD IS are Student Editions which come with only 2G/Data plans with free 3 month unlimited usage. The ones beginning with WS are Business Editions which come with 2G Voice and 3G Data plans.

Feature T-PAD IS701R T-PAD WS704C T-PAD WS802C
Screen Size 7-inch 7-inch 8-inch*
Screen Resolution 800 x 600 pixels 800 x 600 pixels 800 x 600 pixels
Touch Screen Resistive Capacitive Multi Capacitive Multi
Processor IMAP210 @ 1GHz IMAP210 @ 1GHz Cortex A8 1.2GHz
Volatile Memory (RAM) 256 MB 512 MB DDR3 512 MB DDR3
Internal Storage 2 GB 4 GB 4 GB
TransFlash/MicroSD Card 32 GB expansion 32 GB expansion 32 GB expansion
2G SIM / Data Yes Yes Yes
Phone Call No (Data only) Yes Yes
WiFi Support 802.11b/g 802.11b/g 802.11b/g
Bluetooth ( NA ) 2.1 (+EDR) 2.1 (+EDR)
3G Connectivity ( NA ) CDMA/EVDO CDMA/EVDO
GPS ( NA ) Yes Yes
Accelerometer ( NA ) Yes Yes
Front Camera 0.3 MegaPixel 0.3 MegaPixel 0.3 MegaPixel
Rear Camera ( NA ) 2.0 MegaPixel 2.0 MegaPixel
Operating System Android 2.3 Android 2.3 Android 2.3
External Audio ( NA ) 3.5mm stereo 3.5mm stereo
HDMI ( NA ) 720p/1080p 720p/1080p
microUSB Port ( NA ) 1 1
USB 2.0 Port ( NA ) 1 1
Battery 3000mAH 4000mAH 4000mAH
Battery Type Lithium Ion Polymer Polymer
AC/DC Accessory ( NA ) 9V/2A output 9V/2A output
Color Black Black White
Price Rs 3,250 Rs 10,990 Rs 13,500

The data available has been put together for comparison as their site has pictures scaled improperly, with a lot of information scattered everywhere. Pantel talks about buying it online from them but is unclear about payment.

There are also rumors of Android 4.0 being ported to these platforms, although Android 5.0 Jelly Bean is also available at present and may present a higher-stake alternative.

BSNL assures that they would make it available through retailers and have already started advertising it. So, while the Information and Broadcasting Ministry may be talking about Aakash, this looks like a realistic solution. The only doubts are whether it is already manufactured and tested.

Packaging, Servicing details, Weight and some certification details are completely missing. This is indicative that the whole hardware is still vaporware. I'll be covering more on this tablet when I get details.