Tablets: not a cheaper PC, but a better mobile phone…

…so said a senior consumer electronics executive in India. He went on to say that electronics retailers in India are bullish on the market opportunity for tablets, and are gearing up to work with both OEMs and mobile carriers to launch a host of android tablets in the coming months. The first few launches, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab and the OlivePad are both selling well. In comparison, netbooks have not done well in India as they were perceived to be inferior PCs.

In general, the sentiment in India seems to be that wireless broadband enabled tablets will do for internet access what mobile phones did for telephony. Far from being crazy, predictions of 200M+ broadband users by 2015 are now commonplace.

A leading indicator of the potential is recent announcements by Indian tablet vendors.

  1. At one of the spectrum, is Notion Ink’s Adam tablet which Engadget described as  “one of the most unique Android tablets on the market”. With its PixelQi screen and its Tegra 2 dual core CPU, its performance is impressive. However, the most impressive part is its user interface which is definitely a step on the Android UI.
  2. At the other end of the spectrum is the $ 35 (yes thirty five dollars!) Saksha tablet. The Saksha was funded by a Government grant,  designed jointly by the IITs and HCL is now launching it commercially in early 2011.  Press reports suggest that the Saksha has a 9” screen, 2 GB memory, a 500 MHz processor, a front video camera, and is built on the Android OS.

“Not a cheaper PC, but a better mobile phone…”. Maybe, perceptions do change reality. What do you think ?

About Ashu

General Partner with Foundation Capital. Areas of interest range from digital media, mobile and internet infrastructure to all things related to India. Currently on the board of TreeHouse, Aspire, Conviva, Agni and TubeMogul.
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3 Responses to Tablets: not a cheaper PC, but a better mobile phone…

  1. Adelaide says:

    vUtOG5 AFAIC that’s the best answer so far!

  2. Snehal says:

    On the contrary, I think tablets can also slowly make laptops/netbooks redundant : imagine carrying only your tablet around with you, and fitting it into a universal tablet keyboard constructed for this purpose anytime…anywhere…whether in a wi-fi hotspot..or client’s place…when you wish to do some heavy-duty typing…else just flip it into your backpack and use the tablet for browsing pleasure…what do you think?

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