Wise tablets with SA touch now available PDF Print E-mail

After an undisclosed manufacturing delay earlier this year, a series of low-cost tablets that have been developed especially for the South African market has finally arrived on local shores.

Wise Tablets, the homegrown, Centurion-based company behind the tablets, has announced that the first batch of Wise Touch tablets is now finally available to South African consumers, a few months after initially expected.

These entry level devices include the 7-inch, WiFi-enabled Wise Touch Generation 1. Powered by Android 2.3, it also boasts a 1Ghz Rockchip 2918; 512 RAM; 4GB of storage (expandable up to 32GB via MicroSD cards) and a capacitive, multi-touch HD LCD screen with a resolution of 800 x 480.

An 8-inch model boasts a higher resolution screen (800 x 600), 256MB RAM, and 3G as well as Wi-Fi, while the 9-inch and 9.7-inch models are both 3G as well as Wi-Fi and boast screen resolutions of 1280 x 800 and 1024 x 768 respectively, with the latter packing 8GB of RAM.

All Wise Tablets come preloaded with the usual Android functionality and apps, as well as fully functional software and localised apps that are relevant to South African users. These include content from local retail, business, travel, media and educational brands that have been grouped into the Wise Shopping Mall, Wise Business Park and the Wise Education Centre.

“We have been working and playing with them, and I am amazed at how well the devices work and how practical and relevant they are,” says company CEO Eugene Beetge. “We have spent the last year developing the software, hardware, servers and hosting. To see it coming together for the first time as a final end user product is amazing. Paramount to that is that it is a ‘Uniquely South African’ product when compared to the best in the international market, and holds the promise of unprecedented benefits for consumers.”

During the coming months, the company plans to branch out with different products such as low-cost, high spec Android phones and Wise TV boxes.

For now, the Wise Touch Tablets are available to order directly from the company’s website with prices starting at R2 100 for the 7-inch Wi-Fi only model. From next month, the tablets will be stocked at most well-known retail outlets nationwide.

For more information, visit the Wise Tablets website.

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