Karbonn mobile to launch Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Tablets

Mobile phone manufacturer Karbonn, announced a few days back about its plans to expand in to the smart phone and low cost tablet market, mainly by focusing on devices running Google’s latest Android operating systems, namely Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. Karbonn would be the first Indian company to launch a tablet running the latest 4.1 Jelly Bean OS.

Karbonn Mobile currently has a large portfolio of low to mid-range smart phones and had recently launched a tablet named Smart Tab 1, running Android’s Ice cream Sandwich operating system. The company also announced that it would invest Rs. 445 crores in brand promotion. It further clarified that it would invest Rs. 195 crores in current financial year and Rs. 250 crores in the next. These funds would be utilized for product development and brand building. The company is happy with the returns on its Rs. 150 crore investment on branding and production last year and more confident to further establish a strong hold in the home market.

The company now plans to target the higher socio-economic class of customers, with its latest products that are ahead in terms of technology and built quality, while retaining its ‘value for money brand’ image. The aggressive entry in to the low cost tablet market is only a starting point and a way to popularize its products with the masses. Currently the low cost tablet market is flooded with devices running Android’s out-dated 2.3 or even 2.2 versions, with only few exceptions being Micromax, Zync and HCL, who have upgraded their products to the recent ICS platform. Karbonn wants to take the competition one step further by being the first to launch a Jelly Bean running device in the Indian markets in September 2012.

Karbonn Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Tablet-IndiaThe technical specifications on the Jelly Bean running tablet are not yet officially confirmed apart from the facts that the tablets shall have a 9.7 inch capacitive touch screen and premium build quality and will run Android 4.1 OS. The size of the tablet is similar to that of the Apple iPad and as people would know, it is a pretty good size for a tablet to have and way better than the current competition that has 7 inches of screen. Also a look at its recent release the Smart Tab 1, could give an idea as what to expect from its Jelly Bean sibling. The Smart Tab 1 is an ICS running device with an impressive 1.2 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, expandable memory, WIFI, USB, HDMI and 3G via external USB dongle are supported. Additionally the Smart Tab 1 is capable of full HD video playback and has G-sensors and accelerometer for games and UI auto rotate etc. and has 2MP front camera.

The Smart Tab 1 is already an impressive device at a price of Rs. 6990/- and so it is safe to assume that the Jelly Bean version of the tablet from Karbonn would be even better than the current tablet. However what the company offers ultimately is anyone’s guess but what ever it is, it should be interesting to see how it plans to compete against a giant like Google, who is soon to launch its very own, 7 inch low cost tablet running Android 4.1 in association with Asus, the company that is known to make impressive  high-end tablets like the Transformer and Transformer Prime.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean TabletsThe Google tablet named Nexus 7 has a heavy spec sheet with a Quad core processor and 1 GB RAM with a 1.2 MP front snapper, among all other features such as WIFI, USB etc. However the only drawback of this tablet is that it does not have expandable memory, but comes in 8 GB or 16 GB variants. What gives the Nexus 7 an advantage over it’s competitors is the pricing that is expected to be around Rs. 12,000 for 16 GB. This aggressive pricing puts it in the category of low cost tablets, exactly the same bracket that the Karbonn Tablet would be aiming for. The thing in favor of Karbonn is the screen size which is at par with the high range tablets and while both Nexus 7 and Karbonn would have Jelly Bean in it, Karbonn can take the advantage of ‘early bird catches the worm‘ factor as Nexus may take sometime before it hits the Indian markets, while Karbonn is ready to launch in September.

The battle for the low cost tablet began with Aakash, which was focused only on the ‘low cost-Made in India‘ tag, while it considerably ignored practical usage and performance. This was followed by some decent devices by BSNL and Wish Tel. The major improvement was however seen with the arrival of tablets from Micromax, HCL, Zync and iBerry. who while managing to keep prices low also gave the users the latest in software along with acceptable hardware. But the real step forward in this race is the announcements made by Karbonn and Google, who are ready to offer  the very latest in technology along with very good hardware. The market for low cost tablets is just heating up!


  1. kayur harpale says:

    price is more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. yogesh patidar says:

    plz give the details of karbon tablets

  3. where it buy

  4. Sreejith.s.r says:

    Can u give me abt the price of d Aakash tab?

  5. Anil Valvi says:

    can you please share more details about this ?

  6. GHULAM FARID says:


  7. Please dont bye AKASH or UBISLATE 7+ Because the company is not able to produce or send your device in time. If you want to waste your money then go to tample and give your money to bagger but dont send any money to Ubislate ( DATAWIND ) because bagger can give you a good wisses but data wind dont send your ordered device after advance paymenta also.

  8. mujhe ye pish chahiye

  9. siraj ahmed says:

    i want full description about karbonn jelly tab


  1. […] Karbonn Smart Tab1: Smart Tab 1 by Karbonn Mobile, comes with a 1.2 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, expandable up to 32 GB via external SD card, Full HD video playback, 2 MP front facing camera, WIFI, HDMI and USB which also supports 3G connectivity via USB dongle. The tablet comes running Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box and is priced at Rs. 6999. […]

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