The competition in the newly formed market segment for tablet computers, i.e. low-cost tablet computers is all set to intensify, as yet another manufacturer has introduced their low-cost wares in the market. WishTel, “a young and dynamic company” have introduced to the market, their low-cost tablet duo with their price tags falling between Rs.4,000 and Rs.5,500. WishTel’s Ira and Ira Thing have been introduced to the market, and understandably, it is being touted to compete with the others in the space, which also include newcomers, like Zync tablet and the i-Tab by Intex Technologies. Quite understandably, WishTel’s Ira Thing, which offers users a capacitive touchscreen on a 7-inch display comes with the price tag of Rs.5,500, while a resistive touchscreen-armed Ira tablet will cost the user Rs.4,000. 

Interestingly, WishTel IRA line-up of tablet intends to go the Aakash way, i.e. its makers aim to bring quality education to the masses at affordable rates. Quoting from Wishtel's official website, “IRA has been designed as per specifications from IIT Rajasthan as a part of their low cost computing devices project, under the National Mission on Education through ICT and sponsored by the Ministry of Human Resource. It's ability to innovate and deliver efficiently has made it one of the most competitive players to build products as per customer requirements. Its journey from building proto-types to commercial models has been very exciting and today, Wishtel with its associates possesses in-depth expertise and experience with real time embedded systems and development tools. Thus building an ecosystem of highly integrated hardware and software for Tablet PCs and multimedia boxes.

WishTel's IRA tablets

WishTel's IRA tablets

WishTel’s Ira Thing boasts of the following specifications:

  • OS: Google Android 2.2
  • Display: 7-inch capacitive touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g
  • USB 2.0 High Speed
  • 3G video calling support
  • Supports 720p HD video playing
  • IE, Media Player, Photo Viewer, Office, MSN, Skype, IREAD, GAME
  • Facebook, Twitter, Orkut, MSN Talk, Yahoo! Messenger, Google Maps
  • External Microphone, 3.5mm earphone jack
  • Battery: 2800 mAh.7V Built-in Li-poly battery

While WishTel’s Ira tablet boasts of the following specifications:

  • OS: Google Android 2.2
  • Display: 7-inch resistive touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g
  • USB 2.0 High Speed
  • 3G video calling support
  • Supports 720p HD video playing
  • IE, Media Player, Photo Viewer, Office, MSN, Skype, IREAD, GAME
  • Facebook, Twitter, Orkut, MSN Talk, Yahoo! Messenger, Google Maps
  • External Microphone, 3.5mm earphone jack
  • Battery: 2800 mAh.7V Built-in Li-poly battery

Reports have also been suggesting that WishTel have been in the running for bidding for the second round of the Aakash tablet, after they lost the first round to Datawind. Quoting WishTel's Chief Executive Officer, Milind Shah, the report adds that, “We are eagerly waiting for the same, given an opportunity we are getting ready for this project, it is a very ambitious project. Between ourself and Datawind, price for device was competitive, we lost out on deliverables in terms of service support, maintenance, logistics, taxes and other things. For the device, we were lower against Datawind by 10 cents, or 8 cents to be precise.

To know more about WishTel's IRA line-up of tablet, you can visit their official website, here. Alternatively, to know about the Aakash tablet, click here

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Publish date: March 24, 2012 12:33 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 9:54 pm

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