BSNL launches 3 tablets with attractive Data Plans, Gives competition to Aakash

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited or BSNL, India’s largest telecom and internet service provider announced the launch of 3 student friendly tablet computers with prices ranging from Rs. 3499 to Rs. 13000. With these tablets, also comes an attractive package of 5GB data plan free for use till 60 days. BSNL has collaborated with Pantel Technologies Pvt Ltd. a Noida based company for manufacturing these tablets. The low cost tablets are mainly aimed at students and offers tough competition to Aakash tablets. The higher end is more aimed at the general masses.

BSNL tablets are called Penta Tabs and are available in three variants namely IS701R, WS704c and WS802c and are priced at Rs. 3499, 10,999 and Rs. 13,000 respectively. They all run Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread OS and come with WIFI and USB connectivity, HD Videos capable and have HDMI out for connecting these to HDTV. The low end version namely the IS701R comes with a 7 inch resistive touchscreen, has 1 GHz Processor, 256 MB RAM, WIFI, 2GB internal memory, has a USB slot for connecting 3G dongle. It has screen aspect ratio of 16:9 and a resolution of 800 by 600.

Pictures-BSNL launches 3 Penta TabletsThis tab at a price range of Rs. 3499, and the specifications it offers, is sort of a direct competition to the Aakash tablet, which comes with a 700 MHz processor, 256 MB RAM, WIFI, USB slot and 2 GB internal memory. As you can see both these tablets have similar specs, however the processor is much faster on the BSNL IS701R as compared to the Aakash tablet. Along with this the the BSNL Penta Tabs come with a 5GB data plan free for 60 days, while the Aakash tablets offer a 2GB data plan at Rs. 98 a month.

The other two higher end BSNL Tabs namely the WS704c and WS802c come with upgraded RAM at 512 MB and have 4GB internal storage and SIM Card slots among other features that gives these tablets full phone functionality, 2MP rear camera and VGA front facing camera. The WS704c comes with a 1 GHz processor and 7 inch screen while the WS802c comes with an 8 inches capacitive touchscreen and a 1.2 GHz processor. Further, these tablets come with A-GPS, Accelerometer and Bluetooth. These features make the tablets really strong contenders among competition.

BSNL launches Android powered low cost Penta TabsPantel Technologies also plans to launch such similar low cost tablets in Mumbai and Delhi, by collaborating with Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL).  This step will ensure a nationwide reach of these low cost tablets and if all goes well the entry level BSNL Penta Tabs can give some very good competition to the Aakash tablets as the price points at which both are offered are pretty similar and in some respect, the BSNL tab fares better than the Aakash, whereas Aakash is more student friendly in terms of pricing and Government subsidies.

It is thus interesting to see how these low cost tablets fare in the market and how much are they accepted by the public at large, who are pretty accustomed to the features and performance of devices from various international brands, as low price and mass appeal is one thing and actually delivering the goods is another. Whatever the outcome of this competition in the tablet market maybe, it is pretty evident that consumer will be the winner in the long run.


  1. Shubham says:

    Hello,I recommend not to buy any penta tab even at free of cost.

  2. I got my Penta T-Pad 701C and I am on top of the world. It has amazing quality like a host USB 2.0 port and an additional micro USB port through which we can charge & plug in various USB devices at the same time besides this it is pre-loaded with many applications that include Facebook, Twitter, Angry Birds, Skype for video calling, and many more that keep me hooked on to this tablet for hours. M loving it guys, you also grab it & enjoy like me.:)

  3. MAIBAM SANJU says:


  4. I have to purchse the tablet but i have no idea from where i can purchase it

  5. I wish to buy a Penta Tablet. How can I get it!

  6. I wish to buy a Penta. How can I get it

  7. This Tabs can be use to cell phone?

    • indranil biswas says:

      I want to buy a bsnl tab.this tabs can be use to cell phone?How can I get it.Please write me from where i can buy it.

  8. i like bsnl tablet . but it is costly

  9. i want that tablet bcz it very smart

  10. I want 2 buy the tab at cheep rate. Plz reply 2 my email where i get?

  11. the bsnl tablet is very good.

  12. vijay jha says:

    i like this.

  13. At post nagansur tal akkalkot dist solapur

  14. I want to buy this penta please tell me from where i can purchase it.. 9576525354


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