Wishtel launches two 'Ira' Android budget tablets, starting Rs. 4,000

Published Date
23 - Mar - 2012
| Last Updated
23 - Mar - 2012
Wishtel launches two 'Ira' Android budget tablets, starting Rs. 4...

Wishtel India has launched 2 tablets in the Indian market, the Ira Thing and the Ira. The two tablets are priced at Rs. 4000 and Rs. 5,500 respectively, plus tax.

The specifications of both the budget tablets are the same apart from the fact that the Ira Thing has a resistive touchscreen and the Ira has a capacitive touchscreen. The battery of both the devices too is different.

The Ira Thing has a 2,200 mAh battery where as the Ira has a 2,800 mAh battery. Other specifications of the device can be found in the table at the end of the article.

The device comes preloaded with a bunch of apps such as a Web Browser, Media Player, Photo viewer, Office, MSN, Skype, Gtalk, Note pad, Clock, Weather and more.

The devices on display at the press event ran Android 2.2 Froyo but the manufacturers have confirmed that the device will launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Apart from Android, customers will have the option to use the tablet on the Linux Sugar OS.

Speaking at the event, Milind Shah, CEO, Wishtel, said:

“This launch is the first step in our long term vision of bringing people closer to technology by creating gadgets that truly touch their lives. By enabling support for Indian languages, we are providing the opportunity for hundreds of millions of Indians to join the tablet revolution that is sweeping the globe today. We also hope to reach out to those brilliant minds in India that are inhibited for the lack of proper resources.”

Richard Brown, VP International Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc., added:

“With the introduction of the IRA and IRA Thing, Wishtel is leading the way in driving tablet innovation in India. The potential for these devices is breathtaking, particularly in areas such as education.”

Click to enlarge

From the specifications of the device and its build it is clear that Wishtel is aiming to take on the Aakash and the Aakash 2 tablet that is being manufactured by Datawind for the India government.

Specifications of Wishtel Ira Thing i-Pad and Ira i-Pad

  • 7-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 800x480
  • 800MHz CPU
  • 512 MB RAM
  • OS: Android 2.2/2.3
  • 4GB inbuilt storage expandable up to 32GB via MicroSD card
  • Wi-Fi
  • The device has a USB 2.0 port to which users can connect a 3G dongle
  • Card reader
  • Headphones jack
  • 1.3MP front facing camera and no rear shooter
  • Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.7 x 1.45cm
  • Weight: 0.37 kg


Sameer MithaSameer Mitha

Sameer Mitha lives for gaming and technology is his muse. When he isn’t busy playing with gadgets or video games he delves into the world of fantasy novels.