Chinese handset maker G’Five plans to launch an Android tablet with a 7 inch touchscreen priced below Rs 10,000. The tablet will be released in India by the end of this month, a person familiar with the development told The Mobile Indian.
The company is also seeking to expand its retail network to sell this tablet to a wider audience. “G’Five is actively seeking more channel partners across the country, not just in metro cities but in tier II and tier III cities as well. Besides channel sales, G’Five is also in the process of tying up with retail operators especially the LFRs (large format retail stores) that have chain of stores across the country,” the company said in a statement.
The spokesperson also said that “G’Five has ambitious plans for launching other consumer electronic products this year including netbooks, laptops, music boxes, digital photo frames etc. Soon, G’Five will launch its new and exciting range of 3G enabled Android and Windows based tablet computing devices in India priced below Rs 10,000, shattering the price barrier and taking the market by storm once again.”
The company had earlier planned for a launch in the month of June but its plans got delayed. While the specifications of the tablet are not yet known, we do know that it will have a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen.
And given the fact that Beetel has a tablet in this price range, G’Five is expected to launch a product that has similar specs. Beetel Magiq has a 1 GHz Qualcomm processor, 3G, SIM slot, Android 2.2, WiFi and 16 GB expandable memory.
While in June there were no major tablet launches even in more expensive categories, the market is now bustling with tablets in the Rs 10,000 range with Reliance 3G tab, Beetel Magiq, iBall Slide, MSI Enjoy 7, HCL Me, Viewsonic Windpad 7, Mercury 7 inch tablet and a few lesser known brands like Zinglife.
Given the competition in this price range it seems G’Five will have a tough time slotting its tablet in terms of pricing and specifications.