VIA and Wishtel Crack the India Tablet Code with World’s First Indian Language Tablets

WonderMedia PRIZM 8650 ARM SoC-powered Wishtel IRA and IRA Thing available throughout India

Taipei, Taiwan, 23rd March, 2012 – VIA Technologies, Inc. today announced that the WonderMedia PRIZM WM8650 ARM SoC has been adopted by Wishtel in the world’s first tablet computer to feature support for native Indian languages.

Designed and manufactured in India, the Wishtel ‘IRA’ and ‘IRA Thing’ will enable Indian users to enjoy a rich computing, entertainment, and internet experience in their own native language such as Hindi, for the first time, and combine advanced multimedia, connectivity, and computing capabilities with a rich feature set in a sleek, light, yet highly durable device.

“With the introduction of the IRA and IRA Thing, Wishtel is leading the way in driving tablet innovation in India,” commented Richard Brown, VP International Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “The potential for these devices is breathtaking, particularly in areas such as education.”

Milind Shah, CEO, Wishtel, said, “This launch is the first step in our long term vision of bringing people closer to technology by creating gadgets that truly touch their lives. By enabling support for Indian languages, we are providing the opportunity for hundreds of millions of Indians to join the tablet revolution that is sweeping the globe today. We also hope to reach out to those brilliant minds in India that are inhibited for the lack of proper resources.”

The tablets also come with a rich set of personal productivity, social media, communications, and entertainment apps, making them ideal solutions for a wide variety of home, educational, and corporate uses. These include an innovative eBook reader app that will allow users to enjoy eBooks in Hindi and other Indian languages on their device, as well as a growing range of course content for ICSE, CBSE and state boards plus engineering, medical, and other higher education offerings.

Availability & Pricing

Powered by the VIA WonderMedia PRIZM WM8650 SoC, the tablets are available nation-wide at prices between INR 4,000 (US$80 approx) to INR 5,500 (US$110 approx) through over 350 distribution and support centers throughout India.

The main features include the following:

  • High-resolution 7” capacitive and resistive touch screens
  • WonderMedia PRIZM WM8650 ARM SoC
  • 720p HD video support
  • 802.11b/g WiFi
  • 3G WCDMA EVDO USB dongle support
  • UBS 2.0 port
  • External microphone, 3.5mm earphone, internal stereo speakers
  • Built-in camera
  • Up to four hours battery life
  • Google Android 2.3 and Linux (native Indian Language)

Besides the above, a rich array of productivity, communications, social media, and entertainment apps, including Internet browser, email, word processor, photo album, music album, video player, Facebook, Twitter, and eBook reader will also be provided.

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About VIA Technologies, Inc.

VIA Technologies, Inc is the foremost fabless supplier of power efficient x86 processor platforms that are driving system innovation in the PC, client, ultra mobile and embedded markets. Combining energy-saving processors with digital media chipsets and advanced connectivity, multimedia and networking silicon enables a broad spectrum of computing and communication platforms, including its widely acclaimed ultra compact mainboards. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA’s global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the world’s top OEMs and system integrators.

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