The Aakash tablet had stunned the world with its ultra cheap price tags and has also notched up some impressive pre-order sales figures. However, it’s time we hail the arrival of another tablet whose claim to fame is being the cheapest tablet to hit India with Android ICS on-board. Named Auxus, the tablet is developed by the Chennai based manufacturer iBerry (wonder if that was inspired from BlackBerry) and is all set to reach markets next month. As for its price, the Ainol Paladin at under $100 continues to be the cheapest out there as the Auxus rounds off at around $200, INR 10,000.
“iBerry India is getting ready for the launch of its first Google Ice Cream Sandwich based tablet, which will take place in the month of March. This will also be the cheapest ICS based tablet with a price tag of about Rs 10,000,” revealed iBerry India spokesperson Musthafa Kamal.
Specification wise, the iBerry Auxus is powered by a 1 Ghz processor and has a dedicated graphics processor for a complete fluid performance. A 1 GB DDR2 RAM also ensures the Auxus is never considered a slouch. Upfront, a 7 inch 800 x 480 pixel resolution capacitive screen makes up the display area that’s capable of multitouch and pinch-to-zoom features. The tablet also boasts of an HDMI out and a mini USB port. A micro USB port will allow for the expansion of the basic storage by up to 32 GB. The tablet will also have support for 3G USB modem.
Detailed specifications are still awaited so that we aren’t sure whether the tablet will come integrated with twin cameras or what apps the Auxus will comes pre-loaded with. Of course, with a 7 inch display, the Auxus can always double up as a portable e-book reading device and for that, a plethora of e-reading apps including those from the Good e-Reader App Store are already available.
However, one of the best aspects with the Auxus tablet is that each unit sold will come included with a comprehensive on-site warranty. What this means is that during the unfortunate scenario of the tablet malfunctioning, iBerry service guys will be there to provide support at the buyer’s place itself instead of having to haul the tablet to the company service center. That said, let’s hope iBerry delivers a superior quality product that’s well made and won’t be required to test the service credentials of the company to their limits.
As for the tablet itself, the Auxus should appeal to those seeking a decent tablet running Android 4.0 ICS without having to break the bank.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email