The HCL ME U1 and MyEduTab recently went live, adding to the company’s cost-effective lineup of tablets in India. The former device is aimed towards entertainment buffs, whereas the latter comes in two variants namely, the MyEduTab K12 and HE that are designed for educational purposes.
The U1 is powered by the Ice Cream Sandwich platform and is accompanied by a number of goodies from services like Hungama, Cleartrip and Think Free Office. It’s pre-loaded with 17 apps comprising of games, social networking, music and more as well as access to around 10,000 applications available on the ME App Store. Besides the built-in topic revision tool and a self assessment engine, users of the MyEduTab are entitled to free educational apps and NCERT books.
Anand Ekambaram, Sr. Vice President, HCL Infosystems & Head HCL Learning, expressed, “this is an innovative device for the 21st century learner. It will change the way we learn, definitely make learning an interesting proposition and will make the student more engaged even as the cloud eco system will enable a learner to imbibe knowledge at his/her own pace. The MyEduTab will rope in parents by enabling them to take a more active interest in their wards learning process.”
On the specifications front, the MyEduTab K12 and HE tablets are said to have similar specifications to the U1. The latter houses a 7-inch capacitive display with a resolution of 800 X 480 pixels and is powered by a 1GHz processor backed by 512MB of RAM. There’s 4GB of built-in storage which is further expandable up to 32GB via the microSD card slot, a full USB as well as a mini USB port and a 3,600mAh battery. Besides Wi-Fi, users can also connect external 3G USB modems for going online.
The HCL ME U1 price in India amounts to Rs. 7,999, while the MyEduTab K12 and HE prices sum up to Rs. 11,499 and Rs. 9,999, respectively. These devices are expected to be available in stores and for educational institutes across the country, starting sometime during this month.