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Buoyed by the success of tablet personal computers (PCs) in the Indian market, BSE-listed Smartlink Network Systems plans to launch a tablet PC in the domestic market in the next calendar year. “The tablet will be priced around Rs 5,000-Rs 7,800 against existing Apple iPad and Asus Eee Pad tablet that are priced in the range of over Rs 35,000-Rs 40,000,” KR Naik, executive chairman of Smartlink Network Systems told Financial Chronicle.
Naik said that the company would be purchasing chips and software for the tablet from US-based companies. “We will manufacture the tablet at our plant in Goa. It will have features like iPad,” he added. The Smartlink tablet is also expected to run Google’s Android platform, which is used in many existing tablets sold now. The tablet will be in 7-inch and 10-inch size.
I was talking about this recently; about how a reduced BOM can make tablet manufacturing a good business for an Indian player. A 10 inch tablet at sub-10K – now that will be very very interesting.
Disclosure: Long the stock.