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Tablet prices set to go up next month, thanks to falling rupee

Tablet prices set to go up next month, thanks to falling rupee

Your favorite tabs set to get costlier
Your favorite tabs set to get costlier

The rupee is going down, but prices are set to go up. Import dependent Indian tablet market is set to witness a hike in tablet prices as a consequence of increasing costs for manufacturers and retailers alike.

The recent fall in the rupee value with respect to the dollar is putting a strain not only on the financial and trading sectors but also on the prices of various goods in the market. Including on our beloved Tablets and Smartphone devices. Yes, you heard that right. Most of the device manufacturers in the country including major brands like Samsung, Micromax and Lava are planning to increase prices anywhere in the range of 5-10% in the next month if the current situation does not improve.

Companies making mobile phone in India will be impacted to lesser extent but they will also have to increase price by 5 to 6 per cent,” said Mr. Pankaj Mohindroo, President of the Indian Cellular Association’s (ICA) in response to a question by Press Trust of India (PTI)

This month, the national currency has seen a steep decline in its value and had even slipped to its all time lowest ever (59.93). Currently it stands at 59.307 to every dollar. The coming weeks may see even a further decline and fearing this, most companies want to secure their falling profit margins with price increases.

“We have no other option but to increase the price. In the next couple of days, we will be increasing the handset prices by around 10 per cent,” said Mr. SN Rai, Director of LAVA Mobile.

International brands like Samsung, Lenovo etc are yet to decide on such a move but are expected to be gearing up for a tough season ahead.

Even Indian brands like Micromax, Karbonn, Wishtel etc that rely heavily on imported goods for assembling their tabs are expecting a 5-6 % rise in tablet prices across all ranges.

However, this price increase could have been avoided if the devices were manufactured wholly in India. It reflects the poor state of the Electronics and Chip design industry in the country. International brands like Samsung and Apple have their products shipped directly from China or outside and need to pay a high import duty. Hence, this rupee fall impacts their profits more. But, the so called Indian manufacturers like Micromax and Salora etc. all have their components including the motherboard shipped from China or abroad where it is cheaper. A push for domestic production of chip sets would not only bring down manufacturing costs for the brands but would help in better control of the entire process and lead to lower prices for the users.

Until then, the situation remains grave and only time will tell, how and how much do companies increase prices. Right now, might be a good time to buy. Just saying. Keep watching this space for further developments.

BSNL Penta WS802C 2G: 8 inch tablet with calling facility

BSNL Penta WS802C 2G: 8 inch tablet with calling facility

The WS802C 2G can still hold its own and is a reasonable buy
The WS802C 2G can still hold its own and is a reasonable buy

Launched in Nov 2012, the WS802C 2G tab by Pantel is far better than many others in its range. Well, it has calling facility and can support 3G through dongle. Simple. Wanna know more? Read on..

The WS802C 2G tablet can support 2G calling with its GSM SIM card slot. Also, 800 x 600 resolution is nice with 8 inch capacitive display. It aslo sports a good processor in the form of the Cortex A8 which can give 1.2 GHz of processing speed with 1 GB DDR3 RAM. A GC 800 Graphics unit is also bundled in the hardware package to give that extra edge in video and gaming experience.

The WS802C also offers a 5000 mAh battery which is sufficient for 5-6 hours of use.

The problems with this one though are that it offers just one front side VGA camera. Also, at 560 gm, its weight is a bit on the heavy side.

Apart from that it offers you most things that other competitors like Velox Tab 8, Byond Mi 8 and Swipe Velocity can in the 8 inch tablet range. An ICS Android v4.0.4, and a host of connectivity options like miniHDMI, microUSB, microSD card slot, Wifi and 3G through dongle.

A side panel view of the connectivity ports on the WS802C 2G
A side panel view of the connectivity ports on the WS802C 2G

PRICE ALERT: Heavy discount on online stores. Available for Rs 7285 on Indiatimes shopping. Check it out.

As mentioned on the Pantel website, the support Dongle list for T-Pad WS802C- 2G:

  • Tata Photon+  Huawei(EVDO) EC156
  • Airtel  Huawei E173 Bu-1
  • Idea Huawei E1732
  • Reliance ZTE MF190
  • Huawei E173
  • Huawei E1550
  • Huawei E303
  • BSNL 3G LW273
  • Tera 3G T3G72A
  • BSNL 3G ZTE MF-180


Current Price (Rs)



Android 4.0.4

Screen Size (“)



800 x 600

Screen Type

5 point Capacitive Display

Front Camera( Mp)


Battery (mAh)



Cortex A8

Processor Speed (GHz)



GC 800

RAM (Gb)


Inbuilt memory (Gb)


External memory (Gb) (microSD)






Dimensions (mm)

215 x 152 x 13.5

Weight (gm)


3.5 mm port


USB port





Yes, Through dongle


Yes, GSM

Onda V972 Quad Core Android Tablet PC

Onda V972 Quad Core Android Tablet PC

The Onda V972 powered by Android 4.1.1
The Onda V972 powered by Android 4.1.1

Chinese products are famous for giving value for money. But this one, exceeds expectations. It has all the specs you could dream of and unlike others is available to international buyers. But what is so special about this 10 inch Android tablet.  Read More “Onda V972 Quad Core Android Tablet PC”

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