HCL launches a new tablet range for MEA market

Powered by Ice Cream Sandwich; entry-level ME U2 tablet available for AED399
The entry-level ME U2 tablet is available for AED399.
The entry-level ME U2 tablet is available for AED399.


India-based HCL Infosystems Ltd today announced the launch of a new range of ME tablets in the Middle East and Africa.

The company has launched three new tablets, called U2, V1 and Y3, teaming up with Axiom Telecom as its service partner for the region. The new ME Tablets will be available from leading retailers across the region. In the UAE the range goes on sale this week in leading stores like Sharaf DG, Lulu, EMAX, Plug-ins, Ecity, Jacky's and Abu Dhabi Co-operative. In Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar the new devices will also be available this week in a range of outlets. In Bahrain, Jordan, Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda the devices will be available by beginning of February.

"We are very excited to launch our new range of ME tablets in the region," said Srinath Nagarajan, business head, MEA, Mobility Business Unit, HCL Infosystems MEA.

"The launch comes as part of our commitment to offer the best in technology and continue our innovation and leadership in the value category of tablets in the region. This region has a highly competitive tablet market with the demand for innovative technologies growing at a rapid pace.

"We have made huge investments in research to develop innovations that would enable us to deliver devices to a larger customer base, making technology more accessible. Understanding the need to cater to individual preferences of our customers and resonating the brand message ‘Change Begins with ME', we wish to meet and exceed their expectations in technology by delivering an amazing user experience."

The U2 is powered by a 1 GHz Cortex A9 CPU, which, according to HCL, enables it to deliver high performance with low power consumption. It runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and sports a 7-inch multi-touch capacitive screen.

The U2 also has an integrated HDMI port, which connects the tablet to external display devices for gaming, video playback or emails. The device has an integrated front camera for video chat and carries 1GB DDR3 RAM designed for smooth gaming graphics. The tablet has 8GB of internal memory for storage of movies, photos, games and is externally expandable through a 32GB micro SD card. It also comes pre-loaded with Thinkfree Office. The U2 will retail at AED399.

The HCL ME V1 tablet runs on a1GHz Cortex A8 Processor, has a 7-inch multi-touch capacitive screen and has built-in voice calling through integrated phone functions of voice calling and integrated SIM slots. It has a 1 GHz processor, Android 4.0, dual camera with LED flash, 1 GB DDR3 RAM and 8GB internal memory. It also has an integrated voice receiver, proximity sensor, and speakerphone enabling the tablet to be used as a full-fledged Android smartphone. It has integrated graphics enabling smooth graphics and gaming. The V1 will retail at AED499.

The ME Y3 tablet offers a 7-inch multi-touch capacitive screen, has built-in 3G connectivity (HSUPA) and supports dual card SIM function; both SIMs can be used for data or voice. The tablet has GPS capabilities and gives access to geo-position applications and mapping applications. It also has an integrated phone function, enabling voice, SMS, emails and chats. A Wi-Fi hotspot function allows the sharing of 3G connections with other devices. It packs 1GB DDR3 RAM, has HDMI connectivity, a built-in 8GB internal flash and is externally expandable to 32GB through a Micro SD card. The Y3 will retail at AED749.

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