BSNL, the public sector telecom operator which had some time back launched three low cost tablets, has now delayed the launch of the tablets. The Android tablets, which are in the price range of Rs 3,499 – Rs 12,500, will though be delivered to those who booked them online as promised.
A spokesperson of Noida based Pantel Technologies, which is manufacturing the tablets for BSNL, told The Mobile Indian, “We are facing some logistic issue in dispatching the tablets to retail outlets but in the meantime we are making sure that consumers who had booked the tablet online get delivery as promised.”
He further said, “We have tied up with Gati courier services for delivery of the tablets and have already dispatched the tablets to the first lot of consumers who had booked the tablet online.”
The three tablets were supposed to be available in retail market and BSNL contact centres by March 5 and order booked online were supposed to commence after March 5.
The tablets launched by BSNL and Pantel Technologies are T-Pad IS701R, T-Pad WS704C and T-Pad WS802C.
BSNL’s entry level model, Penta IS701R is priced at Rs 3,499 and comes with a bundled data plan of 5 GB for 60 days, after which consumers can recharge the same plan for Rs 750.
Penta IS701R is a WiFi only tablet with Android 2.3 operating system, 1 GHz processor and 256 MB RAM. The tablet also has an HDMI port through which it can be connected to a TV. Its 7 inch resistive touchscreen comes with 800 x 600 pixel resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio.
The tablet has a 3000 mAh battery and 2 GB internal memory, which can be expanded through a micro SD card. The tablet also has a VGA front facing camera for video calling.
The mid-range 7 inch tablet with capacitive touchscreen is named T-Pad WS704C. It has the same specification as the Penta IS701R, but also offers 3G connectivity through a SIM slot, an inbuilt A-GPS, an accelerometer, and Bluetooth. It comes with a 2 megapixel rear camera and also has bigger 512 MB RAM for faster performance. It is priced at Rs 10,999.
Pantel Technologies has also unveiled Penta T-Pad WS802C, which has an 8 inch capacitive screen and SIM slot for 3G/ 2G connectivity. It also comes with a faster 1.2 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM. The internal memory is also bigger at 4 GB. Rest of the features like GPS, camera and Bluetooth are same as in the 704C. It is priced at Rs 13,500.