Forget Aakash tablets, EKEN Leopard may rival it soon

Hongkong-based manufacturer EKEN Electronics has launched its Android tablets in India with a minimum price tag of Rs. 6,900, hoping to serve the demand for tablet PCs created in India by the Aakash tablet in the last one year.

The company said its partner Kerala-based Aldous Glare Trade & Exports (AGTE) will distribute EKEN tablets in India. AGTE CEO George Thomas said their target was to sell 10,000 units a month by the end of this year.

“India is an exploding market with huge potential for cost effective tablets. This factor influenced us to launch quality budget tablets in India and this will enable computing advantage to everyone”, Edison Chang, CEO EKEN Electronics said in a statement.

EKEN Leopard tablets come with 8 GB internal memory and 1.3 megapixel front camera facilitating video calling. Besides, it has 7-inch, 8-inch, 9.7-inch sizes and 3G and GPS models are available with different price tags.

With a 1080P HD video play back, it has Wi-Fi and 3 G dongle for data support and memory can be extended up to 32 GB with an SD card slot.

Available in sleek design, EKEN Leopard tablet weighs 230 grams and is available in the range of Rs. 6,900 to Rs. 11,999.

Youngsters in India are eager to buy a tablet but the cheapest one Aakash made available by Datawind is yet to reach all the buyers though more than 3 million pre-orders were booked since October 2011. Despite complaints galore, Datawind is yet to meet the demand and the next best version with a less price tag and within the affordable price range of millions of Indians was what EKEN Leopard should aim for.

Since Aakash’s online pre-booking led to serious concerns among the youngsters whose complaints are available on our website, it is high time Aakash 2 that was supported by the government should either increase shipments or return money enabling buyers go for better and easily available models in the market.

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