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07 February, 2012

Pakistan Army debuts in the handheld market



Pakistan Army debuts in the handheld market
February 7, 2012By Ghulam Sarwar

Islamabad – (Express Tribune – Adding from ProPakistani) : Pakistan Army is reportedly in process of developing a handheld tablet, a market dominated by the likes of Apple, Amazon and Samsung, reported Express Tribune the other day.

A rather surprising report said that the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra has started up a new commercial venture with a Chinese company to manufacture smart tablets to strengthen national economy.

It is said that venture may produce several products starting with a computing tablet, a notebook and an eBook reader.

Details suggest that products are initially being marketed in Rawalpindi, but modalities needed to be finalized so it could expand to other cities including Lahore and Karachi.

The competitively priced products, he said, have several benefits because they are being manufactured in Kamra.

iPad 3
Photo: Tomohiro Ohsumi
“It comes with a joint one-year warranty of PAC and Innavtek. Because PAC is producing it, it will ensure quality. We will also provide backup support,” the official said an official.

It is interesting to note here that cpmc.pk, the website for the venture, is currently down for exceeding bandwidth.

We are awaiting response from their sales team on pricing and specification; hence expect more details here soon.

Update:

According to ProPakistani.pk  there are two devices (a tablet and e-reader) available for sale. Notebook will be made available in March 2012. Keep reading for more details:

E-Reader: PAC Pad1

Portable eBook Reader
7” TFT Screen
480 x 800 Resolution
10 Hours Battery time
Media supported: AVI, MKV, MP4, MP3, PDF, EPUB
DRM Compliance
USB Connector
Price: Rs. 8500
Tablet: PAC eBook 1
1 GHz processor
7” Capacitive Multi-touch screen
1920 x 1280 resolution
WiFi 802.11 b/g
256 MB Ram
5 Hours Battery time
Android 2.3.3
4 GB NAND Flash included
External SD Card upto 32 GB
Price: Rs. 15,500
Notebook: PAC nBook1
11” Screen
1920 x 1280 resolution
WiFi 802.11 b/g
1.33 Ghz processor
1 GB ram
5 Hours battery time
120 GB hard disk
HDMI support
Price: Rs. 25,500
PAC claims that all products are co-produces and assembled locally, and are sold after quality assurance.

All products come with 1 year warranty.

Where to Buy:

Currently these products are available at PAC Kamra, however, PAC is making arrangements to make these products available in open market, throughout Pakistan.

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