HCL launches low priced laptops

HCL launches low priced laptops
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First Published: Tue, Jan 15 2008. 04 19 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Jan 15 2008. 04 19 PM IST
New Delhi: Aiming to make laptops a mass product, IT company HCL Infosystems on Tuesday introduced an ultra portable range of laptops at a starting price of Rs13,990.
The new product -- ‘MiLeap’ would offer users full mobile internet experience combined with PC functionality at an affordable price, HCL Infosystems Chairman and CEO Ajai Chowdhry told reporters here.
MiLeap would be available in two series -- X and Y, priced at Rs13,990 and Rs29,990 respectively.
He said the new range of laptops will herald a new category of computing devices and open a wide range of new usage scenarios and application areas.
Both the new products would be made in company’s manufacturing facility in Pondicherry. It also has another facility in Uttaranchal. The company’s two plants have a combined capacity of two million units.
When asked how many of the new range of laptops the company expects to sell in the first year of launch, Chowdhry declined to comment.
The company would start shipping the units on 26 January 2007.
Refusing to divulge details about the revenue model for the low cost laptop, he said, “the volumes... there is a huge Indian market, which needs to be tapped.”
Both the models come with Intel processor and weigh less than a kilogram. The X series would have both the options of flash-based and disk-based storage version with a Linux-based operating system.
The high-end Y series would have multiple navigational features such as touch screen, thumboard, stylus, keyboard and touch buttons with Windows Vista as operating system.
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