After having an edge in manufacturing of desktops, laptops and PCs, HCL is now trying to establish itself well in the market of tablets. In this series, HCL has already launched its two 7-inch tabs; ME Tab X1 and ME Tab U1. Adding to this account, it has now unveiled its plans to launch a new Android 4.0 OS tab called Y2, with its special highlights being a combo of SIM slot for 3G network access as well as a WiFi connectivity. Executive Vice President, Head mobility at HCL info systems, Mr. Gautam Advani, confirmed the news of its availability to Indian customers in the month of August, 2012 at a price of less than Rs. 15,000. Till date, HCL has launched all its models with a Cortex A8 1GHz processor and a storage capacity of 512MB. Based on Google’s latest Android OS, the ICS tablet Y2 is also said to have the same processor with 512MB RAM.
Launched 2 months back, HCL ME U1 was an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating tablet with a poor 0.3MP front camera and 3600mAh battery that offers a 3G connectivity through dongle. The first launched HCL X1 ME tab was in the market in October, last year at Rs. 10,490 that ran on Android OS 2.3. With internal memory of 4GB expandable up to 32GB and 2MP back camera; X1 has a 7 inch wide capacitive touch screen tab with a resolution of 800 X 480 pixels.
One of the biggest expectation of the crowd from the new product is to allow the users have an access to the Android market which is more commonly known as Google app store. This feature had been longing in the previous tab models of HCL. Breaking the general trends, instead of Google app, HCL installed its own HCL Me App store in them, where users can download various applications but this access was found to be a bit disappointing for the mobile users. Confirmation of this feature in Y2 is yet kept a surprise.