Intel, Reliance and ASUS launch a new MeeGo Netbook in India

In collaboration with Intel and Reliance Communications, ASUS has launched its new Eee PC X101H netbook device in the Indian market. It has a 10.1-inch display and runs Intel’s MeeGo operating system, while it will come bundled with Reliance Communication’s NetConnect USB modem for internet access on the move.

The Eee PC X101H is powered by a 1.66 GHz Intel Atom processor, has 1GB of DDR RAM, 2.5-inch 250GB SATA HDD and allows users to access the MeeGo app store to download additional applications. It has a 3-cell battery and comes pre-loaded with OpenOffice and Dropbox with 2GB of online storage.

It will be up for purchase for 12,499 INR however, users will get 2,500 INR discount on their Reliance NetConnect bills which would be spread over a few months. This seems a like a decent option for data hungry users, comes for a decent price however may lack applications when compared to an affordable Android tablet.

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Bringing Home A New Computer Has Never Been Easier

Intel to deliver new levels of affordability and ease of use in entry level Netbooks without compromising aesthetics or performance

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Collaboration with Reliance Communications Infrastructure (RCom) to accelerate personal computer (PC) and Broadband adoption among consumers across India
  • Asus’ collaboration with RCom brings down the price of ASUS X101 Netbook from Rs 12,499 /- to Rs 9,999/-
  • Consumers can avail discount on Reliance Netconnect with every purchase of ASUS X101 Netbook

New Delhi, India, September 28, 2011 – Intel today announced plans to make it easier for millions of people in India who do not own a PC yet to gain access to the benefits of computing and the Internet. The Company announced a collaboration with RCom to accelerate broadband penetration using the PC as a growth engine. The Company also announced a collaboration with ASUS to produce entry level Netbooks designed for the first time buyers, students and people on the go.

Both RCom and Intel will aim to increase device footprint among internet subscribers across India by enhancing collaboration with OEMs, joint retail promotions and selling Intel Architecture based devices through the RCom Stores.

Speaking on the development, Prashanth Adiraju, Director, New Platforms Business Group, Intel South Asia said, “Our endeavor is to bring whole new levels of affordability to the Netbook category without compromising on performance, usability or aesthetics. The collaboration with RCom gives us the opportunity to deliver computing and connectivity proposition to first time buyers especially in high potential Tier 3 and Tier 4 cities. This proposition will appeal to the 90 million households that can now afford an entry level PC with less than one month of income.”

“We believe that the real catalyst in Notebook or Netbook growth would be when Internet access becomes easier, affordable and consistent. I am sure, in addition to our revolutionizing design and style, this initiative to make Reliance Netconnect available to consumers at a discounted price would help in increasing the adoption of Netbooks amongst the users,” commented Alex Huang, Country Head, Systems Group, ASUS India.

“Reliance is delighted to support Intel’s cloud driven Meego OS and offer a complete package of affordable computing and wireless broadband access to bridge the digital divide in semi-urban and rural India. Reliance has rolled out Netconnect broadband services in over 1200 towns in line with its vision of ‘Wirefree Broadband India’. We are happy to work with like-minded partners like Intel and Asus towards our vision and goal of driving data penetration in India,” said Kaushik Pillalamarri, Senior Vice President – Data & Devices, Reliance Communications.

ASUS showcased its latest ASUS Eee PC X101 powered by an Intel® Atom™ processor. These Netbooks come pre- loaded with MeeGo open source system enabling a fast, rich and intuitive experience along with applications for email, social networking, entertainment and education.

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