This could bring a huge leap in BOP broadband access, to developing countries in South Asia and neigbours. Smart Plannet Delhi Correspondent says

“Over 100,000 tablets have been booked in less than four days. Delivery of the pre-booked tablets will begin on March 5. Comparisons have obviously been made to Aakash, which was created by Montreal-based Datawind, a company owned by Suneet Singh, an Indian-Canadian entrepreneur”

The first model, Penta IS701R, is powered by Android 2.3 operating system. The 7 inch Wi-Fi only tablet with a resistive screen runs on a 1 GHz processor and has 256 MB RAM. Users can attach 2G/3G modem via the USB port. The internal memory is 2GB, but it can be extended via microSD cards to 32GB. It has a 3000mAh battery and 0.3 mega pixel camera. It also has a HDMI port that can be connected to an HDTV.

The second model, Penta TPAD WS704C, at Rs. 10,999 ($224) is a 7 inch tablet powered by Android 2.3 operating system and a 1 GHz processor. But it has a multi-touch capacitive touch-screen and 512MB RAM along with a 4000 mAH battery, internal memory of 4GB, a regular and mini USB port, Bluetooth, SIM card slot, an HDMI port, 2 mega pixel camera, Gravity-censor and a GPS.

The third model, Penta TPAD WS804C, at Rs. 13,500 ($275) is an 8 inch tablet with multi-touch capacitive touch-screen. It runs on 1.2GHz processor and has 512MB RAM. The internal memory is 4 GB that can be extended. It has battery rating of 4200mAh. Other features include a 2MP camera, SIM card slot, GPS, G-sensor, a regular and mini USB port and an HDMI port

Must check out one on my next visit to India 🙂