After Acer, it seems like Asus is running after the sub Rs 10,000 segment of the tablet market in India. It can be said as the Taiwanese tech firm has launched MeMO Pad 172V with Jelly Bean OS in India at Rs 9,999. It was only in the last month when Acer rolled out Iconia B1 in the nation at Rs 7,999.
Recently, a report from Cyber Media Research claimed that Indians prefer buying 7 inch Android tablets that are priced in the sub Rs 10,000 price range. According to the report, almost 91% of the tablets sold in Q4 2012 were running on Android operating system and 78% of them were 7 inch ones.
Seeing the success of the small sized tablets, even Apple, the global tablet market dominator stepped into this segment with the iPad Mini to monetize profits from the trending category.
Going on the same lines, Acer and Asus - two well known names in the global tablet space have also entered the Indian territory. The other well known global tablet manufacturer - Samsung, who was known in India for its Galaxy Tab 2 310 - the voice calling tablet has come up with Galaxy Tab 2 311 - the Wi-Fi only tablet at Rs 13,999.
With the entry of Asus in the sub Rs 10,000 price range, it can be said that the tablets offered by the other companies will have to be scared of MeMO Pad 172V. Hence, Gizbot has come up with the list of tablets that are in the danger zone with the Asus tablet's entry into the Indian premises.
Asus MeMO Pad 172V
MeMO Pad 172V running on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean OS boasts a 7-inch WSVGA capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 X 600 pixels, 1GHz WonderMedia PRIZM WM8950 processor, 8GB internal storage, 1GB RAM, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage, 1MP front camera for video calling, Wi-Fi and a 4,325 mAh battery claimed to offer up to 7 hours backup.
With a price of Rs 9,999, the tablet could be a better offering as it comes with impressive specifications. Swirl through the slides to know about its competitors.
Acer Iconia B1-A71
Iconia B1-A71 features a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, 1.2GHz dual core MediaTek processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, 0.3MP front camera, 8GB internal storage, 512MB RAM, micro SD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro USB 3.0 and a 2,710 mAh battery.
Priced at Rs 7,999, the Acer tablet comes with better processor power and Bluetooth connectivity, however, the MeMO Pad 172V has an enhanced battery.
Lenovo IdeaTab A2107
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich based IdeaTab A2107 packs a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, 1GHz Cortex A9 MediaTek processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage, in-built 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro USB and a battery delivering up to 8 hours backup.
Lenovo offering comes with similar specs and an increased price tag of Rs 13,499, which is significantly higher than pricing of MeMO PAD 172V.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 311
Galaxy Tab 2 311 is quite similar to its Wi-Fi + 3G counterpart - Galaxy Tab 2 310 sporting a 7 inch PLS TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen display with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, 1GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, 3MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS and 4,000 mAh battery.
Again, when it comes to pricing, Galaxy Tab 2 311 costs Rs 13,999, which is higher than the Asus offering, however, it comes with better camera performance and Bluetooth.