Indian tablet makers eye success

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  1. Blackwater

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    When Mahendra Kumar Jain first thought of manufacturing a touch screen device four years ago, the word 'tablet' had only one meaning - it was something the doctor prescribed. He wanted to be in the infotainment device segment, and the touch screen seemed just the right device to make. However, by the time he unveiled his device in mid-August this year, an enormous change had occurred: the tablet had become the gadget of desire for the well-heeled. So much that in the April to June quarter Apple's iPad grew at 183 per cent year on year, while the global PC industry grew 2.6 per cent in volumes.

    Apple sold 9.25 million iPads during the period. India, the last of the major global markets to get the iPad, already has six to seven tablets on offer, including Samsung's Galaxy Tab and Research In Motion's PlayBook, apart from the iPad. Yet, Jain, Managing Director of Bangalorebased Laxmi Access Communications Systems, or LACS, fancies his chances of making a dent.

    His cheapest tablet costs Rs 4,500, with the price rising up to Rs 36,000 for more costly versions.

    The iPad costs Rs 28,000, the Galaxy Tab Rs 26,000 and the PlayBook Rs 27,000. LACS, which was so far into information technology distribution and manufacture of coated paper, is not the first Indian company to try and crack open this market by offering tablets cheap.



    Reliance Communication has come out with its own at Rs 12,000 and Beetel, a Bharti company, has launched one for Rs 9,999. Around six months back, HCL Infosystems also came out with a range of India-made tablets, priced at Rs 12,000 onwards.

    Will tablets follow the mobile handset pattern? Long dominated by multinationals like Nokia, Samsung and Motorola, and later raided by RIM's BlackBerry, Apple's iPhone, and various HTC models, this market was turned on its head by a clutch of Indian manufacturers who based their operations in countries like China and Taiwan, and pulled off a coup.

    As the market share of the Indian manufacturers, led by Micromax, Lava and Spice, climbed from zero in 2008 to more than 20 per cent in 2010, market leader Nokia lost ground, with its share falling from 46 per cent to 35 per cent in the same period.

    What gave Indian companies the edge was a rich list of features and long battery life for their products, and low prices. Should we brace for an encore in tablets? "The tablet market is clearly going the mobile handset way," says Naveen Mishra, lead telecom analyst at Cyber Media Research. He believes the market adoption of Indian tablets will speed up once Broadband Wireless Access takes off. Tablets are all about use of data on the move.

    The tablet market is at 100,000 pieces a year and expected to grow at 35 per cent, say current estimates. "Beetel is trying to break the affordability barrier," says Vinod Sawhny, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Beetel Teletech. Jain of LACS is trying to do exactly the same, and more forcefully. He believes that many people in India aspire to owning a tablet - make it more affordable and they will come in droves. "At Rs 6,000-7,000, our products will have a much larger multiplier effect," says Jain. More so because he has tied up with finance companies, so customers can buy his tablet on a 12-month instalment scheme.

    Sawhny and Jain both believe that there is a large untapped market in the rural and semiurban space. The lowering of the entry price, therefore, would be critical, as will be the world of applications that these companies can open up to the user.

    They had better hurry, because Micromax and Lava are getting ready to launch their tablets, too.


    Indian tablet makers eye success - Yahoo! India Finance
     
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  3. Godless-Kafir

    Godless-Kafir DFI Buddha Senior Member

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    looks nice but a bit slow?

     
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    Godless-Kafir DFI Buddha Senior Member

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    Is this beetle made in India?

     
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    I don't think any of these cheap Tabs are completely made in India. I have seen many such similar model on shopping sites like Alibaba.com and Aliexpress.com. Most probably they get these stuff built at cheap rates from China, and just use their brand name while selling them here. Or get majority components imported from China, integrate the remaining home made components, which can mostly be the outer body or the LCD screen at the most, and sell them as the complete product.
     
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    many of these tabs are like micromax, lava and karbonn mobile product... made in china and labelled in India... moreover RELCOMM tablet is made in china, i read it in newspaper report... company like rel is a big dacoit, they import chinese machinery on large scale becuz of their cheap price tag and as they frequently breaks down then they charge govt and ppl to repair it... cuzing huge profits on rel part....

    I HATE RELIANCE... to kill china export reliance to china...they can suck the blood of leech what chinese are...
     
  7. sayareakd

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    Adam tablet, made by IITians



    Notion Ink Design Labs Pvt. Ltd.
    Subramanya Arcade
    Bannerghatta Road
    Bangalore, Karnataka 560029
    India.

    Notion Ink: Home
     
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    I dont think so. All tabs are Chinese made...
     
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    True, this the problem with cheap tabs. They got slow processor and low memory.Indian market is so price sensitive that people don't bother with speed.But without speed u wont enjoy.so,nothing can beat I-pad and samsungs..i own I-pad 2 3g wifi.very nice

    Q- I want to visit India with my i-pad. Can I use PRE-PAID mobile internet Sim card in India?? Is there any provider giving that???
     
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    BW check post no.6, Indian made Tablet...................
     
  11. The Messiah

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    Chinese made pads are shit...touchscreen is so unresponsive that you literally have to press hard against the screen.
     
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    Reliance 3G tablet is manufactured by ZTE. Notion Ink tab is true Indian tab but its requires superb marketing to promote such an excellent product amidst such tough competition.
     
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    lol good joke
     
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    roma NRI in Europe Senior Member

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    a few YEARS AGO yes years !! kapil sibal announced tat india was to make a cputer for 30 usd then reduce it to 10 usd - heck even if it cost 100 usd i would still buy it - .- BUT WHERE IS IT ?? EH KAPIL SIBAL ?
     
  15. nimo_cn

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    buddy, this thread is about tablet made in India.

    Please do me a favor, have some real discussion without bashing China for no good reason. If you really resent Chinese products that much, stop buying them. India is a free country, no one forces you to buy them.
     
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    Yep, India is free country, so be buy what we want and we cuss what we want... ;)
     
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    Cuss what you want? If that is what freedom means, may I say ALL INDIANS ARE JUST AS HILARIOUS AS YOUR DEFINITON OF FREE COUNTRY?
     
  18. johnee

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    Lets not deviate this thread. Start a new thread, if you wish, about what your definitions of a free country are...

    It would be interesting, if not amusing, to listen to chinese view on the subject.
     
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    I am not the one who attempted to deviate this thread. In fact, I reminded one of the members that this is a thread about tablet made in India until you came to lecture me on "cuss what you want". Then let us cuss what we want.
     
  20. johnee

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    The thread is about tablet supposedly made in India. It was then suggested by some that may be many(if not all) parts are imported cheaply from China. This is the China connection. So, there is no deviation in discussing China made products or their quality as related to the Tablet supposedly made in India. You were unnecessarily agitated. You were the one who said,"India is a free country so dont import our chinese products."
    I said,"Yes, India is a free country. We are at liberty to buy what we want and also cuss it if we want." That is a freedom we get in India. Its not my definition, its my experience. You may or may not like it. But who cares. Anyway, this is a huge deviation, so I stop.

    Cussing chinese products or discussing them is not off-topic here, so one is free to do the same.
     
  21. venkat

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    Nimo , India is a free country and that too toooooooooooooo freeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! we have "China Bazaars" in almost all areas. These bazaars sell Chinese made goods. The goods generally are toys of all kinds, screw driver sets,electrical appliances,cell phones,DVD players,MP3/MP4 players,kitchen ware , construction materials,furniture etc.. etc.. These range of products used to be made in India by small and medium business units. All these manufacturers have gone either bust or turned themselves in to traders of Chinese goods,because of which many people have lost or may loose their jobs who work in these factories. For example an Indian made AA 1.5V battery costs about Rs 7/- or so. The same batteries from china, cost you around Rs 1.50/-!!!!! The Chinese batteries look excellent ,but work only for a short time ....so an ordinary person naturally gets attracted towards the cheaper Chinese battery!!!! Well i do resent Chinese products in India,because they are causing massive unemployment and bankruptcy in the small,medium business sectors due to dumping onslaught !!!!!.Telecom ,computer peripherals of popular brands which are made in china are only available in Indian markets. So Indian tablet PCs will be no exception from this dumping onslaught!!!!
     

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