Beetel, Bharti’s handset brand has launched its Android tablet,’Magiq’ in India at the price of Rs. 9,999/.
The tablet has 7 inch capacitive touchscreen with Android 2.2 Froyo OS, and is powered by a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor.
- 2 megapixel back camera
- Front VGA camera,
- 8 GB of built-in storage and
- 2200 mAh battery.
- 3G connectivity and WiFi.
- The tablet will allow consumers to make calls from any SIM card, regardless of the service provider (not just airtel).
Pricing of Bharti Beetel Tablet
At a price of Rs. 9999, this competes directly with the recently launched tablet from Reliance (which is priced at Rs. 12,999) and has similar specifications.
Is Android Another Symbian In Making?
Synchronica CEO Carsten Brinkschulte made an interesting statement with respect to Google’s Motorola acquisition:
“This is a bold move by Google which will have massive implications on the global mobile eco-system. Google is gaining a significant patent portfolio protecting the vulnerable IP position of Android. But at the same time, Google will alienate tier-1 device manufacturers by directly competing with them. From a strategic perspective, Android may be on its way to becoming another Symbian – also an open source operating system which had several manufacturers backing it, but went the way of the Dodo because all of the tier-1 licensees turned their back on it when it became wholly-owned by Nokia.”
With companies like Reliance/Beetel launching Android devices, it’d be interesting to see how Microsoft’s patent war (against Android manufacturers) impact the strategy of desi companies, who are joining the bandwagon without much of technology insight.