Fly F8s tablet: Fast and sturdy at Rs 12,500
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The Fly F8s provides a relatively smooth performance in a design you can easily take with you
Estimated street price: Rs 12,500
Dimensions: 200.3 x 151.45 x 10.3 mm
Display: 20.32 cm IPS display, 1024 x 768 pixels
Operating system: Android Jelly Bean V4.1
Processor: 1.2 GHz Dual Core
Storage: 2.5 GB (internal); 32 GB (external)
Camera: 2 MP (front); 3.2 MP (rear)
Nowadays, walk into any consumer electronics store and you can catch the new trend prevailing in the marketplace. Lower priced tablets are growing in popularity and accelerating the shift from personal computers to feature-rich slates. Most trade inquiries are about the latest tablets in town and inquisitive visitors—especially those who do not own a desktop computer or a laptop— go back satisfied with the experience they get from a tablet.
Even Gartner has confirmed this change in consumer behaviour in its recent analysis. The IT research firm reckons that the traditional PC market of notebooks and desk-based units is expected to decline 7.6% in 2013. And, this is not a temporary trend induced by a more austere economic environment; it is a reflection of a long-term change in user behaviour. As consumers shift their time away from their PC to tablets and smartphones, they will no longer see their PC as a device that they need to replace on a regular basis, says Gartner. There's no denying that the tablet is here to stay.
In such a scenario, homegrown device makers are focusing their efforts on introducing tablets with good performance and design. Fly Digital Devices, the telecom venture from New Delhi-based SAR Group (makers of the Luminous brand of inverters), is now trying to establish itself in the tablet segment. It has introduced its Fly F8s, an Android tablet that is fast, good-looking and can match up to more expensive rivals in terms of features and performance. It is available at R12,500.