HCL joins tab race, launches tabs starting Rs14990

HCL joins tab race, launches tabs starting Rs14990

New Delhi: Computer maker HCL Infosystems on Tuesday announced its foray into the tablet space, with launch of its ME range of tabs starting at Rs14,990.

The company has launched three tablets “with localised content" running on Google’s Android operating system, which will be priced between Rs14,990 and Rs32,990.

“We are excited to launch the much awaited HCL ME Tablet. The HCL ME Tablet will be available to both individual and enterprise users with our award winning service and support network. We have put in significant amount of research to understand the needs of Indian users," HCL Infosystems CEO Harsh Chitale said in a statement.

Android is a mobile operating system and being an open-source operating system, it allows developers to design applications independent of the handset/tablet maker.

According to analysts, the Indian market tablet PC market is expected to touch about a million devices in sales in 2011.

Since the launch of Apple’s iPad, the tablet market is witnessing huge competition with new contenders launching their devices. A tablet PC, though smaller in size, has PC-like functionalities.

Apple’s rival Dell has also launched ‘Streak´ in the country, while Samsung is competing with ‘Galaxy´. Homegrown telecom handset makers Spice and Olive have also launched similar devices at lower price points.