Indian technology company Wishtel on Thursday rolled out a powerful iteration of its Ira Thing tablet for ₹6500 on Thursday.
"We have been persistent in delivering the best of technology with our earlier two products - Ira & Ira Thing and are overwhelmed with the responses received from our customers. With the launch of IRA Thing 2, we wish to offer the youth of today, a device that is fun, trendy and offers access to the best of entertainment and education applications at an affordable price," Chief Executive Officer of WishTel Milind Shah said during the launch.
Dubbed "Ira Thing 2", the new tablet comes as a fresh change to Wishtel's earlier tablets which featured a low-powered 800 MHz CPU. The company's latest device arrives with a powerful 1.5GHz processor with 512MB of RAM, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 3000mAh battery that claims to give around four hours of browsing time.
Amongst other specifications the 7-inch tablet features are Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, Wi-Fi & 3G support, 1080p for full HD video playback, and 4GB of internal memory that's expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card slot.
Additionally, Ira Thing 2 supports 23 native Indian languages, and also comes pre-installed with e-news and live television apps, whereby users can get access to 55 newspapers and over 120 TV channels. The tablet, which comes in black, red, yellow, pink, blue and white shades, is sold through retail stores in 50 cities across the country.
This new crop of tablets is deemed to create a rage with consumers, considering the growing demand for ultra-cheap tablets in India. Wishtel's latest slate will now give way for stiff competition for the upcoming tablet Aakash 2, which is touted as the "world's cheapest tablet computer" at ₹2,263.
The upgraded Aakash 2, which will debut sometime in July, will arrive on a Cortex A8 800 MHz processor and will run on Android 2.3 OS. Other specifications the device will include are 256MB RAM, 2GB internal memory, which is expandable up to 32 via a micro SD card, and 3200mAh battery that claims to give 3-4 hours of backup. Unlike Ira Thing 2, Aakash 2 lacks support for 3G.
Despite the relatively low-end specifications, Aakash 2 packs the appropriate set of features that fits the price tag. The tablet is primarily aimed at students and will include enhanced programming capabilities.