So far, this year has been a great one for tablets as far as the Indian market is concerned. The consumers in India seem to be inclined towards feature rich budget friendly tablets. And the homegrown manufacturers seem to have captured this pulse of the audience, as they have filled the Android battlefield with competitive tablets at all possible price points.
Several native tech manufacturers have launched their latest offerings with the Jelly Bean OS including Karbonn, Wickedleak, iBall with an aim to quench the needs of the budget conscious consumers who like to try advanced features by shedding minimal cost.
The latest one comes from Lava International as the company has launched Etab Connect a 3G voice calling tablet in India today under its Blockbuster Phoneday launch scheme. As of now, there is no word on the official pricing of the tablet, however, it is estimated to be priced below Rs 9,500.
According to the information provided by a Lava executive, the Etab Connect - the 3G voice calling tablet will house a 7 inch WVGA display with 800 x 480 pixel resolution, 1GHz single core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, micro SD card slot, 2MP rear camera, VGA front camera, Wi-Fi, 3G and a 3,000 mAh battery offering up to 3 to 4 hours of backup. Further, the tablet will be based on Android 4.0 ICS operating system.
Further, it is claimed that the Lava tablet will be preloaded with applications including Hungama, Bigflix, Edukart, Meritnation, Diamond Comics and Readwhere.
Lava is not the only one to launch 3G voice calling tablet in India in the sub Rs 9,500 price range as there are several other companies that have already preoccupied the segment. Below is a slideshow showing three tablets with voice calling and 3G connectivity that might land in trouble with the launch of Lava tablet today.
Micromax Funbook 3G P600
Funbook 3G P600 comes with a 7 inch 5 point capacitive touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixel resolution, 1GHz dual core Cortex A5 processor, Android 4.0.4 ICS OS, 4GB internal storage, 512MB RAM, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage, 2MP rear camera, Wi-Fi, 3G and a Li-Po battery offering up to 10 hours of talk time.
Priced at Rs 9,499, the Micromax offering could be a stiff competitor of the Lava tablet, however, the latter seems to come with a front camera for video calling.
Celkon Celtab CT-2
Celtab CT-2 houses a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 5 point multi-touch with 800 x 480 pixel resolution, 1GHz processor, Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, 4GB internal memory, 512MB RAM, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional memory, VGA front camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G through dongle and a 3,000 mAh Li-ion battery.
Priced at Rs 6,999, Celkon CT-2 might be a potential rival to the Lava tablet with Bluetooth connectivity. However, the Lava offering comes with a better rear camera, which is lacking in the former.
Byond Mi-Book Mi5+
Mi-Book Mi5+ comes with a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 5 point multi-touch with 800 x 480 pixel resolution, 1.2GHz processor, Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, 4GB internal memory, 1GB RAM, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional memory, VGA front camera, Wi-Fi, 3G through dongle and a 3,000 mAh Li-ion battery.
Again, a price tag of Rs 6,999, Mi5+ could be a tough challenger for Lava tablet, however, the former has a better rear camera.