HCL has had a presence in the laptop, desktop and all in one market in India for quite some time now. It has also tried to make its presence felt in the budget tablet market as well.
Now, HCL plans to launch another tablet based on Google’s latest mobile OS, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The device is expected to cost Rs. 15,000 and be available in August 2012. The tablet, called the Y2, will not only support Wi-Fi but 3G SIM capabilities straight out of the box as well. Other expected specifications of the device include a 1GHz Arm Cortex A8 processor, 512 MB RAM and access to HCL Me App Store from where users can download applications.
Gautam Advani, executive vice president, head mobility at HCL Info Systems said, "HCL will be launching an Android Ice Cream Sandwich based 7 inch tablet, code named Y2, with Wi-Fi and 3G (SIM slot) capabilities in August for Indian consumers. The price of the tablet will be revealed during the launch time but it will be priced less than Rs 15,000.”
In the past HCL has removed the Google Play store from the X1 and the U1 Me Tabs, which has been its greatest disappointment. We wish that HCL gives users access to the Google Play store along with the HCL Me App Store in the Y2.
If you are in the market to pick up a budget tablet today, you can take a look at our top 10 budget tablets list.