Google has started selling the Nexus 7 tablet in India officially via the Play Store. After a prolonged delay, the software giant has released the 16GB Wi-Fi only variant of the tablet into the nation at a price of Rs 15,999. The listing shows that the tablet will start shipping from April 5, 2013.
It is to be noted that this development has come soon after the India visit of Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt as he assured that Google will soon start selling the Nexus devices in the country.
Back in November 2012, Asus, the Taiwanese tech firm behind the manufacturing of Nexus 7 started selling the tablet in limited quantities in India via Tata's retail arm - Croma at a price of Rs 19,999.
Speaking of the specifications, Google Nexus 7 sports a 7 inch 10 point multi-touch IPS display with 1280 x 800 resolution, quad core 1.2GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS (upgradeable to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean), 1GB RAM, 16GB/32GB internal storage, 1.2MP front camera, WiFi, Bluetooth, 4,325 mAh battery and NFC connectivity.
The tech headlines is highly dominated by the news of Nexus 7 release since Tuesday. But, what is the impact of Nexus 7 entry on the tablets that are already existing in the market? Of course, Nexus 7 will be a stiff competitor to iPad Mini and Galaxy Tab 2 311.
Nevertheless to mention that the local and global tablet vendors have slashed the prices of their devices on online retailer sites as the Nexus 7 has made its entry into the shores of India. Several companies have listed their offerings with a price cut and Gizbot has come up with five of them below.
Acer Iconia B1
In January, Acer entered the sub Rs 10,000 tablet market in India with the launch of Iconia B1. Priced at Rs 8,299, Iconia B1 is listed online starting at Rs 7,733 approximately, which could be the result of Nexus 7 release.
As far as specs are concerned, Iconia B1-A71 was made official at CES 2013 with 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.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 310
Galaxy Tab 2 310, the voice calling tablet from the tech giant - Samsung has also received price cut in India. Having received the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, the tablet has received the Group Play feature as in Galaxy S4.
Talking about specifications, Galaxy Tab 2 has a 7 inch PLS capacitive display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, 1GHz dual core processor, 3MP rear camera, 0.3MP VGA front camera, 1GB RAM, 8GB/16GB internal memory, micro SD card for expandable memory up to 32GB, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetoooth, micro USB 2.0 and a 4,000 mAh Li-ion battery with 20 hours talk time and 800 hours standby.
Launched at Rs 23,250, the tablet has witnessed a lot of price drops with the recent one making it cost Rs 15,999.
Karbonn Smart Tab 10 Cosmic
Back in December, Karbonn came up with a 9.7 inch tablet called Smart Tab 10 Cosmic running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and priced at Rs 10,490. Now, the tablet seems to be available at a price of Rs 9,960 approximately.
Specwise, Cosmic tablet features a 9.7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 1024 x 768 pixel resolution, 1.5GHz dual core processor, 1GB RAM, micro SD card slot for additional storage support up to 32GB, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 2MP rear camera, VGA front camera for video calling, Wi-Fi, USB port, HDMI port, 3G via dongle and 6,000 mAh battery of undisclosed backup.
Micromax Funbook Infinity P275
In September 2012, Micromax unveiled a budget oriented Android ICS tablet called Funbook Infinity P275 at a price of Rs 6,999. Now, the tablet is available after a 36% discount at Rs 4,489.
Speaking of specs, Funbook Infinity packs a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 800 x 480 pixel resolution, 1.2GHz Cortex A8 processor, 2MP rear camera, 0.3MP front facing camera for video calling, 4GB internal storage, 512MB RAM, micro SD card for expandable memory support up to 32GB, Wi-Fi, 3G through dongle and a 4,000 mAh battery which provides a browsing time of over 6 hours.
HCL Me V1
Recently, in February, HCL came up with three tablets. One of them - Me V1 launched at Rs 7,999 seems to have received a price slash and is available at a slightly lesser price of Rs 7,800 approximately.
To remind of specs, Me V1 boasts a 7 inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, Android OS 4.0.4 ICS, 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, 2MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage, micro SD card slot, Wi-Fi, 3G through dongle and a 3,200 mAh battery. Moreover, the tablet comes with a 2G SIM slot for voice calling.