Indian IT giant HCL has announced three new tablets that would be powered by Android ICS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), the company targets a wide spectrum of users, particularly students, schools and universities with the motive of providing digitized and mobile education fro all. The HCL ME U1 tablet comes at price for Rs.7999, runs Android ICS 4.0.3. Its key hardware specifications include a 7-inch touch screen capacitive display (800×480 pixels), 1 GHz Single-Core processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage with support for Micro SD cards up to 32GB, 0.3MP front camera, USB ports (both full USB and mini USB) for 3G connectivity via wireless dongle, Wi-Fi, and a 3600 mAh battery.
The ME U1 comes with some goodies and freebies worth Rs.3000 that might interest our youth. The tablet includes 17 preloaded utility and entertainment apps including the Hungama app subscription that entitles users for free unlimited downloads for three months, Cleartrip.com app (mobile air ticketing with some discounts topped up), and Think Free Office for editing documents on the go. The rest of the applications are targeted more on the productivity front that includes Linkedin, Twitter, Moneycontrol, Ibibio browser, HCL ME app store and more.
HCL has also announced its second segment of tablets called ‘MyEduTab’ that aims towards quality education and the propaganda of self-learning. It comes in two variants that include the MyEduTab K12 and MyEduTab HE. An interesting incorporation to both tablets would include cloud storage, providing simultaneous access for students, teachers and parents to check and evaluate student related activities. We witness a parental control app to be present on the device that would be used by either teachers or parents.
The MyEduTab K12 is priced at Rs.11499, it is accompanied with a free memory card and education applications including NCERT courseware preloaded on it. The MyEduTab HE (Higer Education) is priced at Rs.9999.
The tablets would be soon available nationwide to institutions, schools and colleges in India starting April 2012.