India based Olive Telecom, which had launched the OlivePad VT100 Android tablet back in July, is now offering the Froyo version of the same at its online stores. When the OlivePad was abbounced, Olive Telecome stated that they had Android 2.1 pre-installed and the tablet was ready to settle down on store shelves, though that did not materialize. The reason for this lack of follow-through given by the company is that Google wanted the tablet to come out only with Android 2.2 and not its earlier iteration. “We were ready to release the product running Android 2.1, but decided it would be better to give the consumer an up-to-date product, rather than having them running around trying to get updates later,” revealed Arun K Khanna, Chairman, Olive Telecommunications.
However, the good news is that the tablet is now ready to enter markets, possibly sometime this week. It can be picked up from any of the leading electronics stores, as well as Croma outlets spread throughout the country. Price has been fixed at Rs 25,990 which isn’t exactly bad for a device that supports 3.5G networks, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi while also having 512 MB of internal memory, 512 MB ROM, an SD card slot, a 3.5 mm audio jack, a 3 megapixel camera, mini USB socket along with a 3,240 mAh battery.
However, with 600 MHz ARM processor along with a less than impressive 800 x 400 pixel resolution, the OlivePad might seems to be a bit too pricey though let’s not forget its an Android 2.2 Froyo that you are getting and the nearest device that you can have – HTC Desire – wearing the same colors as Froyo will set one back by Rs. 27,000.
And now that the Gingerbread is almost ready for its official launch, we might have the next updated version of OlivePad ready soon.
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