Pakistan Air Force Introduces iPad Rival: the PAC-PAD 1
Guess who just entered the tablet wars? The Pakistani air force and Chinese company INNAVTEK are teaming up to bring Pakistanis an iPad knockoff called PAC-PAD 1.
The tablet is being developed at the Kamra air force base in northern Pakistan. This 7-inch touch tablet runs on Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread and weighs a mere 13.5 ounces. And while “PAC” is now associated with the resurgence of super PACs in the 2012 United States elections, this PAC actually stands for the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex in Kamra where the device is being made.
The price? A whopping 15,500 rupees–which is approximately just under $200 but a hefty price tag for the region.
Supporters of PAC-PAD 1 say it will boost Pakistan’s economy, as well as the nation’s self-esteem. We’re not so certain, given the tablet’s high cost in a nation where only a minority can afford it. Not to mention, India recently unveiled their $35 tablet, Aakash, with comparable specs.
Learn more on the PAC Web site.
Miral Sattar is the founder and publisher of Divanee.com.