VENTURES AFRICA – India’s premier technology company, HCL Infosystems Ltd., has announced the launch of a new range of ME Tablets in Africa.
The ME tablets launched are the U2 (a powerful entry level tablet), V1 (a phone tablet) and Y3 (a dual sim 3G Tablet) which would be made available in leading stores in Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda by the beginning of February 2013.
The company had earlier declared that it will be expanding its presence in Africa over the next one year, especially for products such as tablet computers.
“As of now, the company is present in South Africa and Egypt. Now we want to expand our operations to around 5 countries including Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda in the first quarter of this year,” Business Head-MEA, Mobility Business Unit, HCL Infosystems MEA, Srinath Nagarajan had said.
Meanwhile, the newly-launched ME tablets have been innovated to offer various unique and specialised features.
While the U2 has an integrated HDMI connectivity Port, which connects the tablet to external display devices for gaming, video playback or emails; the HCL ME V1 tablet has a sleek and slim Metal ID that combines fashion and sturdiness in an elegant form.
The new ME Y3 tablet on the other hand has a built in 3G high speed connectivity (HSUPA) through which one can surf the net, stream videos and play online games. The Y3 tab also supports dual card SIM function, and both can be used for data or voice.
According to HCL, “the new series aims to enhance user experience and create absolute value for customers across categories in the region.”
Speaking on the product launching, Nagarajan said, “We are very excited to launch our new range of ME tablets in the region. 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,” he said.
Nagarajan added that ME has made huge investments in research to develop innovations that would enable it to deliver devices to a larger customer base, making technology more accessible.
He explained that “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, V1 and Y3 are priced at $109, $136 and $204 respectively.