The UK based company Binatone has come up with a tablet device running the Android OS that was launched in India, hoping to cash in on the rising demand for tablet PCs in the country. The market for tablet devices is still at an ascending stage and Binatone sure wants to be an early player so that by the time the market matures, it can be counted among the established players in the segment.
However, the tablet is built to a price – Rs. 8999 to be precise which is surely among the cheapest around. However, what is gained on the price point is lost on the performance aspect as the tablet is definitely not among the fastest around.
To begin with, its the 1.6 version of Android with which the Home Surf Touch comes equipped. This is antiquated since now world is waking up to the latest Android 2.2 Froyo while waiting for the more potent Gingerbread version. The screen measures 8 inches and is based on resistive touchscreen technology. Onboard storage measures 2GB while the tablet comes equipped with 128 mb RAM along with an ARM 11 processor having a clock speed of 667 MHz. Connectivity option is limited to just WiFi with 3G not being offered even as an optional extra.
So that’s an extremely basic taste of the specs, though they might seem lucrative when the price is included in the picture. The Executive Vice President at Binatone India, Sat Murthi is optimistic, however, and has revealed some exciting plans of the company in India: “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.”
With the Home Surf Touch, there are now three Android Tablets on offer in India, with the Infibeam Phi and Olive Pad VT100 being the other two tablets currently available.