The tablet market in India is already congested as it is, with budget tablets arriving from various India-based manufacturers. This situation, however, does not deter Eken Electronics from pitting its own Leopard Tablets against budget tablets like the Aakash, the Micromax Funbook, and the FunBook Pro.
The Hongkong, China-based company has announced that it is offering five kinds of tablets in the Eken Leopard series. Among these is a 7-inch model, an 8-inch model, a 9.7-inch model, one that supports 3G connectivity, and another with GPS. They will have a price range between Rs. 6,900 to Rs. 11,999, or US$135 to $230.
To ensure that its products reach Indian consumers, Eken Electronics entered into a partnership with Aldous Glare Trade & Exports, which will be the tablets’ official and exclusive distributor in the country. In Kerala, India, alone, Eken estimates that they will be able to sell roughly 10,000 units of the tablets each month by the end of 2012.
All five kinds of tablets will offer 8GB of storage, 1.3-megapixel front cameras, and built-in microSD card slots to boost memory for any card capacity up to 32GB. Wi-Fi connectivity will also be supported, as well as 3G through a dongle. These Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich slates will also have access to the Google Play store, where users may download over 600,000 free or paid applications. The tablets moreover support 1080p HD video playback. Google apps such as Google Calendar, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Navigation, are likewise expected to be pre-installed in the tablets. Lastly, the tablets are said to weigh only 230 grams and feature a sleek and thin design.
Meanwhile, the tablets’ other key specifications such as its processor, RAM, and available ports have not been revealed yet.
At this point, there is still no word as to when exactly the Eken Leopard Tablets will be released in the market.