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Mercury Launches New Android Tablet for just Rs.11,999/-

Kobian has launched yet another Android tablet under its Mercury brand – the mTab2. The successor to the original mTab comes with a 7″ WVGA capacitive multi-touch screen and is powered by a dual-core 1 GHz Cortex A9 processor with a 3D accelerator. Running on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), this device has 8 GB of built-in memory, which can be expanded to 32 GB via a microSD slot. Its predecessor had a similar screen, but with a 1.2 GHz single-core processor and 4 GB of built-in memory.

The mTab2 has a USB 2.0 port to connect various devices such as a keyboard and mouse. Its USB host feature lets you access the contents of connected USB mass storage media, such as pen drives. It also claims to support most of the USB 3G dongles, providing internet connectivity while on the move. It supports video chat through a VGA front camera. Wi-Fi is available to connect to hotspots. The tab offers Flash 10.2 support to facilitate smoother online videos, and the HDMI port allows you to connect a larger display device. Although details are sparse, we can assume it will support popular formats such as DivX, MPG, and MP4 up to 1080p, like its predecessor.
Backed by a 1-year warranty, the Mercury mTab2 is priced at just Rs 12,000, which is quite affordable for a dual-core tablet.

 

If the Asus Transformer Prime has been declared as the world’s first quad core tablet, then what’s the world’s first triple core tablet? Well, we really haven’t heard of such except for this new slate from Kobian that is currently being dubbed as the Mercury mTab2.

Mercury mTab2

This might be your first time to hear about Kobian but allow us to tell you that this company is pretty much known for its wide range of computer components and peripherals. As of now, the Mercury mTab2 tablet can be purchased in India for a very decent price of Rs 11,999 that’s more or less equivalent to 238 US Dollars. The tablet may be a bit expensive than Amazon’s Kindle Fire but affordable enough for those who can’t simply afford to buy the famous Apple iPad.

And if you’re curious about the slate’s specs, allow us to tell you that it’s a 7 inch tablet with a capacitive multi-touch display. It is being powered by a Dual Core 1GHz Processor that goes alongside with its Android 2.3 Gingerbread platform. Aside from the said specs, the new Mercury mTab 2 from Kobian can also take pride of its 512MB of memory, 8GB of internal storage, up to 32GB of expandable storage via micro SD card, front facing camera for video chats, Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g connectivity, full USB 2.0 port, full HDMI output, built-in speaker, mic and a long-lasting battery that can last up to 8 hours. But that’s not all. The tablet supports internet surfing via a 3G USB dongle and can easily be tucked inside your jacket or handbag. The slate flaunts a trendy design and weighs around 365 grams.

Like any other budget-friendly tablets, the Mercury mTab2 lacks a rear snapper that you can use to take a bunch of quality shots. On the lighter side, you can easily access the Android Market for your favorite games and apps.

Dell launches smartphone-tablet Streak in India


Dell today announced the launch of its smartphone- tablet device ‘Dell Streak’ in India, in association with Qualcomm and Tata DOCOMO.


The Dell Streak is a five-inch Android-based tablet combining the features of a smartphone and a tablet and the company said its designed to provide people the best ‘on-the- go’ entertainment, social connection, and navigation experience.

The compact Dell Streak, priced at Rs 34,990, is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8250 mobile processor . The five-inch screen is ideal for experiencing games and applications, without squinting or compromising portability, it said.

Built-in 3G HSUPA, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity makes multitasking effortless and enables easy downloading of music and helps user stay connected with friends and family through e-mail, text, IM, and voice calls, the company said.

Executive Director & General Manager, Consumer, Dell India, Mahesh Bhalla said, “Dell Streak hits the sweet spot between traditional smartphones and larger-screen tablets. People today want to carry their lives with them – they want to discover, capture and share content in real time.”


Dell Streak Unveiled for Rs. 34,990 in India

*Dell Streak Unveiled for about Rs. 34,990 in India

*Sports a 5-inch capacitive display, 5 MP auto focus camera with dual LED flash


Dell has just launched its smartphone-tablet device Streak in India. Arriving with a bang, the Dell Streak would be sold in India for a whooping Rs. 34,990. This device is available with Tata DoCoMo post paid connection with 500MB Free data connection usage for the first six months. This tablet-smartphone has a 5-inch multi-touch supporting capacitive display. Running Android 1.6 mobile op, the Dell Streak is expected to get Android 2.2 Froyo update before the end of this year.

Streak’s surprise arrival might shake Samsung Galaxy Tab’s launch which is due any time this month.

Amongst the hustle of Apple iPad and the freshly announced Samsung Galaxy Tab, the new Dell Streak makes an early official entry to lure the Indian consumers. A blend of tablet with smartphone, Streak can actually make and receive voice calls. The 5-inch capacitive multi-touch supporting Gorilla glass screen offers 800×480 pixel resolution. Its Gorilla glass screen offers high-quality crystal clear image and is scratch-resistant. Dell has added ultra-intelligent facial proximity and ambient light sensors that auto-adjust the screen brightness and also save the battery life accordingly.

The Dell Streak houses 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 processor along with 512MB ROM and 512MB SDRAM. For the shutterbugs, Streak carries a 5 megapixel auto focus camera with dual LED flash and a VGA front facing camera. A video chat function, to make the best of front facing VGA video camera, is on the anvil. The tablet will also have 2GB internal storage that is meant only for file system and OS.

Yes, Dell Streak runs Android 1.6 which is a bit surprising but the company promises to release Android 2.2 Froyo for it soon. Last month, UK based Dell Streak owners received Android 2.1 update.

Take a look at basic specifications of the Dell Streak:

  • Sharp 5-inch capacitive multi-touch Gorilla glass WVGA (800* 480) display
  • 1GHz Snapdragon ARM-based mobile processor from Qualcomm
  • UMTS / GPRS / EDGE class 12 GSM radio with link speeds of HSDPA 7.2 Mbps / HSUPA
  • 5 MP auto focus camera with dual LED flash
  • VGA front-facing camera enables video chat functionality down the road
  • User-removable (and replaceable) battery
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Integrated 3G + Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) + Bluetooth 2.1 (think headsets, external keyboards, stereo headsets, etc.)
  • Micro SD slot expandable up to 32GB.

The one thing we aren’t sure about is whether the Streak will offer turn-by-turn directions with Street View through Google Maps app in India.

Tata DoCoMo Post Paid account holders will get 500MB free per month data usage for the first six months. Hopefully, when 3G is launched in India, more users would be able to enjoy faster mobile web on the tablet. Dell is considering 7-inch and 10-inch tablet computers as well. The Dell Streak would be available for pre-booking at Dell Exclusive Stores, Tata DoCoMo Dive In Centers and authorized retailers.

With the arrival of Dell Streak, all eyes are now set on Samsung Galaxy Tab and Apple iPad tablets to be launched here officially. As of now, we know that the price of 7-inch display bearing Galaxy Tab would be somewhere around Rs. 35,000 to Rs. 40,000. It is speculated that the Apple iPad might be launched officially for a higher price than that in India. Even though, there are no signals of Apple iPad’s official launch in India, it is available for about Rs. 32,000 to Rs. 36,000 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model.


For O2 UK and AT&T So most probably would be similar for India also
Also known as Dell Mini 5

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
Announced 2010, May
Status Available. Released 2010, June
Size Dimensions 152.9 x 79.1 x 10 mm
Weight 220 g
Display Type TFT capacitive touchscreen
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 5.0 inches
– Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
– Multi-touch input method
– Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3 ringtones
Speakerphone Yes
– 3.5 mm audio jack
Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records Practically unlimited
Internal 16 GB storage, 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM
Card slot microSD, up to 32GB
Data GPRS Class 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 12
3G HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth Yes v2.1 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, v2.0
Camera Primary 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash
Features Geo-tagging
Video Yes
Secondary Yes
Features OS Android OS, v1.6, upgradable
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz processor
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, IM
Browser HTML
Radio No
Games No, downloadable
Colors Black, Red
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, MIDP 2.0
– Digital compass
– Social networking integration
– MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
– YouTube, Google Talk
– QuickOffice document viewer
– Photo viewer/editor
– Organizer
– Voice memo/dial
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1530 mAh
Stand-by
Talk time

Binatone Launches Android Home Surf Touch Tablet in India

Binatone, the UK-based telecom firm, entered the Indian Market with the launch of its Touch Tablet at a price of Rs 9,000. The all new Home Surf Touch tablet, which is almost as slim as the iPad, runs Android 1.6, has an 8 inch resistive screen, Wi-Fi, 2 GB onboard storage, 128 MB RAM and is powered by an ARM 11 667 MHz processor.

According to Mr. Sat Murthi, Executive Vice President Binatone India said, “We are committed to breaking the barriers of technology reaching the masses”. He observed that technology no longer commands a premium in the market place and that Binatone continues its stride to provide the latest technology products at affordable prices.

Mr. Murthi said, “Binatone plans to invest Rs 50 crores in the next 12 months in technology, product development and marketing. Our products are specifically “Indianised” with special features like “Audio boost”, “Power saver” and “Binatone Zone”, which all have been carefully market researched and implemented to address the specific Indian needs. He went on to outline development of futuristic products with solar charger mobile handsets to address the frequent power outages in rural markets. Binatone, he said “is also bringing in the low cost 3G handsets by end of the year to cater to the deployment of newer technologies in India.

Mr. Dino Lalvani, Chairman Binatone Communications Group unveiled the product saying this is the first of its kind in India. To reinforce this excitement it will be aggressively priced at Rs 8995 in retail. Home Surf Touch Tablet, with its ultra slim design can access the internet on wifi. The battery operated device can retain its charge for several hours in video, web browsing, and many other applications for daily use.

Mr. Lalvani concluded his speech saying, “India deserves the best of technologies in communication and we at Binatone with our 50 years experience will harness the latest in innovative technologies and bring them to market affordably. Our India software team based out of Bangalore is always exploring newer technologies and our collaboration with semi conductor partners helps us to work on cost effective solutions, given our economies of scale which is supported by our global reach” he said.


More in Detail About ‘s Android Home Surf Touch Tablet:

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Binatone has launched an 8-inch Android tablet called Home Surf Touch tablet. Many companies are eyeing India for tablet launches. Recently, Olive Pad had launched OlivePad tablet in India. Coming up in the lineup is another tablet from a company called Notion Ink. The tablet has been delayed and is expected to come by November 2010. Big names like Samsung and Dell are expected to launch their tablet this year in India as well.

The biggest pain point for these companies is the price point for Indian market. The OlivePad tablet is priced between Rs. 23,000 to Rs. 25,000 and will start shipping on October 1. It will be interesting to see if it is able to successfully sell at that price point, as right before their launch, Binatone has launched an Android tablet which is priced at Rs. 9,000. Let us check the detail specifications of the Binatone Home Surf Touch tablet.

Specifications:
The Binatone Home Surf Touch tablet runs on Android 1.6 and has an 8-inch resistive screen. The tablet has 2GB of inbuilt memory and supports Wi-Fi. The Binatone Home Surf Touch tablet runs on 128 MB RAM and is powered by ARM 11 667 MHz processor.

“Binatone plans to invest Rs 50 crores in the next 12 months in technology, product development and marketing. Our products are specifically indianised with special features like Audio boost, Power saver and Binatone Zone, which all have been carefully market researched and implemented to address the specific Indian needs,” Sat Murthi, Executive Vice President Binatone India.

Here is a small table comparing the main specifications of Binatone Home Surf Touch tablet and Olive Telecom’s OlivePad


Home Surf Touch tablet OlivePad tablet
Operating System Android Donut 1.6 Android Froyo 2.2
Screen Size 8-inch 7-inch
Internal Memory 2GB 512MB
Processor ARM 11 667MHz ARM11 600MHz
RAM 128MB 512MB
WiFi Yes Yes

Google Hints at New Directions for Android Tablets

Froyo might be the last word for Android smartphones, but Google denies it’s meant as a tablet OS, adding fuel to rumors that we’ll be seeing Honeycomb or Gingerbread-enabled tablets competing against the iPad sometime soon.

At least one Google (Google) executive has been saying publicly that the company doesn’t see the most recent iteration of the Android (Android) operating system or the Android Market (Android Market) as entirely appropriate for tablets, suggesting that tablet-specific OSes might be forking from the Android family in the near future.

Hugo Barra is Google’s director of products for mobile. In recent comments to TechRadar, he said that while the company has seen Android 2.2 (which, like the rest of Android’s distributions, is open-sourced and free for anyone to download) running on tablets, that isn’t one of the OS’s intended purposes.

“Froyo is not optimised for use on tablets,” said Barra. “The way Android Market works is not going to be available on devices that don’t allow applications to run correctly. Which devices do and which don’t will be unit-specific… If you want Android Market on that platform [a tablet running Froyo], the apps just wouldn’t run, it is just not designed for that form factor.”

He continued to say that Google is working on a different UX for a tablet-friendly Android Market. We would infer that, unlike the less-than experience of the first Android devices via-a-vis the iPhone, many of the first Android tablets could be more competitive with the currently market-leading iPad, thanks in large part to an operating system that’s optimized for the full breadth of tablet hardware functionality.

So, what could these mysterious operating systems be, and how soon could we see them? Will they be available on the already-released Dell StreakSamsung Tab (which ships with Android 2.2)? (which ships with Android 1.6) and While most of what we “know” about Android-for-tablets operating systems is shrouded in rumor, we are fairly certain that the fork will begin with Gingerbread, a.k.a. Android 3.0, which may be released as soon as this fall. And Honeycomb is thought to be the next iteration of the same fork.

We can also safely speculate these OSes won’t run on any but the highest-powered mobile devices, such as the Google/Verizon tablet that we expect to see around the holiday season.

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