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With 905,000 tablets sold in the first quarter of 2013, Indian tablet market is growing exponentially. Both domestic and multinational tech vendors are selling their devices at different price points. There are vendors like Apple, who ask consumers to pay a premium. On the other hand, there are domestic vendors selling tablets as low as Rs. 6,500. Most of the makers sell tablets running Google Android.
On the day, Huawei Ascend Mate launch event was held in India, Victor Shan, President, India Device Business Development, told GizBot that the company is planning to launch a brand new 7-inch tablet in India. Currently dubbed as "H2", the tablet will have a 7-inch display. Mr. Shan did not disclose the resolution supported by the tablet. Neither had he shared the exact specifications with us.
It could be priced at sub-Rs.13,000, as per Mr. Shan. He also mentioned, that the tablet is set launch in India either in the Q3 or Q4. He added that, "the device would be completely different from Nexus 7." Which means, either he was pointing at the specifications or Nexus 7 price in the Indian market.
Chinese major Huawei already has released a 7-inch model in the Indian market. The talk is about, MediaPad 7 Lite, which was launched last year at Rs.13,700. Now online retailer Flipkart is selling the device for Rs. 11,700. The MediaPad 7 Lite comes with a 7-inch display with resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, 1.2GHz Cortex-A8 processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory which can be expanded via microSD cards. It also has a 4,100mAh Li Ion battery and supported by Android 4.0 ICS.
If Huawei announce a 7-inch tablet around Rs. 13,000 than it would be compared with first -gen Nexus 7. The Google Nexus 7 (16GB) costs consumer Rs. 15,999. In the coming days, the second-gen Nexus 7 is also expected. The real battle for Huawei is to compete with Micromax, Lava and Karbonn, in the tablet market. These Indian tech vendors charge Rs. 9,499 for 3G voice calling tablet. It is to be seen what Huawei has in store for Indian consumers. Stay tuned to GizBot.