This article will be updated frequently to accommodate any latest entry in tablet PCs, also there will be an update in case of price change in India.
India has always lagged behind in early release of new electronic gadgets. The latest incidence to confirm this was the very late arrival of iPad in India. Apple started selling it in India just before the release of iPad 2 worldwide. Situation is even grimmer if we consider the latest slew of Android tablets available in US and Europe. Out of some 50 + currently available android tablets in US, only 2 are officially available in India. One is the Galaxy Tab 7 by Samsung and the other is Adam tablet by Notion Ink. There are few other Android tablets available in India but they all can be categorized as Android smartphones with large screens.
Out of the available tablets in India, Notion Ink's Adam stands out as a leader. In fact the specifications of Adam are such that it can even beat the so called best tablets (read iPad 2, Motorola Xoom, Galaxy Tab 10.1 etc) worldwide. For those who are not familiar with Adam tablet - Adam tablet is the first release of Notion Ink, a startup by IITians. Notion Ink is a Bangluru based Indian startup founded by IITian Rohan Shravan.
Now lets make a list of Android tablets available in India.
Notion Ink's Adam:
This is probably the first attempt by any Indian Company to compete with world leader in its arena. Notion Ink's Adam has everything or more than any other top selling tablet has. Adam has industry first Pixel Qi (10.1″ WSVGA (1024 x 600)) screen, which gives you a capability to watch movies even in bright daylight. Adam has Nvidia Tegra 250 Dual Core Cortex A-9 processor. It houses 1 GB DDR II RAM with 8+ GB flash memory and one microSD slot.
Adam has WLAN – 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 A2DP, 3G HSDPA . Feature which makes Adam stand tall is its USB support, Adam has 2 standard USB ports, one mini USB port and one HDMI port. It has a host USB capability which means that you can attach external HDD or USB mouse. Adam has a veriety of sensors including 3-Axis accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, a GPS and a Digital Compass. Currently Adam runs on Android 2.2 (Froyo) , with Eden UI. Notion Ink plans to port Froyo to more appropriate Honeycomb soon.
Availability in India : Notion Ink's Adam is available through a pre-order only. Currently there are no retailer selling Adams. You can place your order here
Price in India: Adam comes in two flavors 1) with Pixel Qi 2) without Pixel Qi, having super LCD screen. The price varies accordingly from 25 k to 30 k rupees.
Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7 (P1000):
Samsung's Galaxy Tab has a form factor of 7 inches making it bigger than normal smart phones but smaller than 10 inches tablets. With such size, Galaxy Tab is easy to carry around. But its size is not appropriate for serious internet browsing or other productive activities.
Galaxy Tab P1000 runs on Android 2.2 (Froyo) which is good enough for a form factor of 7 inches. sporting a 7" capacitive LCD display with 1024x600 pixels resolution, microSDHC card slot, Wi-Fi and 3MP camera with LED flash. Its browser is both Adobe Flash and HTML5 compatible.
Availability In India : Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000 is readily available in all major stores and in all major online seller's site.
Price in India : Samsung Galaxy Tab can be bought between a price range of 24900 rupees to 26500 rupees.
Wespro ePad is cheapest Android tablet available in India. One can buy an ePad for as low as 7999 rupees. Specification wise ePad is decked up moderately.
ePad is having Android 1.6 (Donut) . ePad runs on VIA WM8505 400MHz processor with 128 MB RAM. It has a 2 GB of NAND flash memory, it can support external memory upto 32 GB. ePad has inbuilt WiFi 802.11b/g. Battery life is just okay as it gives 4 - 5 hours with WiFi on.
Availability in India: Wespro is readily available on most of online retail websites. Also it is available in electronic mega stores like Chroma and Vijay Sales.
Price in India: Wespro ePad is probably cheapest Android tablet. You can buy it for 7999 rupees.
Huawei Smakit S7
Huawei Smakit S7 has a 7 inches screen, 800 x 480 LCD multi touch screen. The Smakit S7 supports 3G network, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, and HSPA/UMTS 3G connectivity. It has an HDMI port, two standard USB 2.0 ports, and two microSD slots which can be used to increase the phone’s memory. The Huawei device also has a 3.2 megapixel camera.
The Smakit S7 has a Qualcomm SnapDragon ARM processor, and runs the 2.1 (Eclair) version of Google Android operating system. OS can be upgraded to Android 2.2 easily.
Availability in India: You will have to check with your local vendors to ensure availability. Smakit S7 is not available on online retail shops.
Price in India: The Smakit S7 will cost around $400, or Rs 18,000.
Olive Telecom has launched OlivePad, which is available in Chroma stores India wide. Running on 600Mhz processor, OlivePad has a 800x480 LCD screen. OlivePad runs on Android 2.2 (Elcair) operating system. OlivePad has 3.5G HSUPA Connectivity, Wi-fi, Bluetooth, inbuilt 3 mega pixel camera and a front camea for video chatting. It has one mini USB port. Olive Pad can be used as a touch notebook allowing browsing, Multimedia, Instant Messaging and easy access to the world of social networking, GPS for maps and turn by turn directions, gaming console, an e- book reader, Television and it is also a Smart Phone allowing voice and Video Calling.Availability in India: OlivePad is available in Chroma electronic store. You can also check local vendors for availability.OlivePad can also be ordered online from Ebay.inPrice in India: You can buy OlivePad for 18000 rupees (a bit pricey for its specs).
Infibeam Android Phi
It is called Android Phi because there is another model available from Infibeam and that runs on windows.Phi tablet has a 7 inch 800 x 480 pixel LCD touch screen. Android Phi runs on Android 1.5 (this is too outdated) and is powered by ARM9 600MHz processor. Infibeam has an inbuilt 8 GB NAND flash memory and it has microSD slot which can be used to expand external memory upto 32 GB. Phi has 256 MB RAM. You can surf internet using its WiFi. It has no 3G support. Phi has a mini USB slot.Availability in India: You can order Android Phi online on Infibeam.com.
Price in India : is available just for Rs 14,999 in India and it comes with a 1 Year Warranty
Specifications of the MagicTile include 1GHz Tegra 250 dual-core processor, 7-inch 1024 x 600 capacitive touchscreen display ,Powered by Android 2.1 ,1.3-megapixel webcam ,3G connectivity (optional) ,GPS (optional) ,Wi-Fi ,Bluetooth , 4GB internal flash storage.
Magic Tile comes in two flavors, one offering resistive touch screen with resolution of 800 x 480 pixel, other version has a capacitative touch screen with resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. MagicTile tablet has 512 MB RAM inside.It has one HDMI port and one standard mini USB port.
Availability in India: Availability of MagicTile is not sure. I searched many vendors in my city and found only one shop selling MagicTile. May be big electronic stores like Vijay Sales and Chroma have it in your city.
Price in India: MagicTile is available for a price of 10000 rupees.
Binatone Home Surf
Binatone's Home Surf runs on Android Donut version 1.6 which is out dated. this tablet comes for a very much affordable price. You should be able to browse the web, watch youtube videos without problem, it is powered by 667MHz Processor, 128 MB Ram and 2GB of inbuilt memory. Other specifications are - Google Android Donut v1.6 , 8” inch Resistive Touchscreen , 667MHz Processor , 128MB RAM , 2GB Memory , WLAN 802.11 b/g .
Availability in India: Homesurf tablet is available in Chroma and Vijay Sales. There are few vendors in Ebay.in selling this tablet.
Price in India : You can buy this tablet for a price of 8995 rupees.
Android tablet market is changing fast and each passing month adds several new tablets. India is also catching up with the rest of the world in Android tablet market. If you think I have missed some Android tablet which should be in the above list, please let me know by commenting here.