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Olive launches desi challenge to Apple's iPad

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New Delhi. July 22

There is another desi challenge to Apple's iPad. Olive Telecom on Thursday announced the launch of OlivePad - VT100, a tablet PC that supports 3.5G technologies. The device is expected to be priced around Rs 25,000, much lower than the Apple's 3G iPad, which starts at Rs 30,000.

Olive Pad operates on an Android Operating System and supports 3.5G HSUPA, Wi-fi, and Bluetooth. With an in-built three megapixel camera and a front camera, the Olive Pad can be used as a touch notebook allowing browsing, multimedia, instant messaging, GPS for maps and turn-by-turn directions, gaming console and an e-book reader.

With Indian operators on the verge of launching 3G networks, device makers are looking to introduce cheaper versions of iPad. Hyderabad-based Notion Ink is another such device maker that is planning to launch its product under the brand name Adam.

Speaking at the launch of OlivePad, Mr Arun Khanna, Chairman, Olive Telecom, said, “With this launch, we are bringing consumers to experience the cutting-edge technology that the world has been talking of. It is the true convergence device that brings together the computer, mobile phone and entertainment on one platform.”

OlivePad is equipped with distinctive features which include flash support, mini USB port, camera and a smartphone. The OlivePad will be available countrywide at all Croma stores from August.

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(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated July 23, 2010)
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