Pakistan now has its VERY own
+ ebook reader to read on,
+ a tablet PC to stay mobile and
+ a notebook to work on!
Commercial Products Manufacturing Cell (CPMC) a join venture of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra (PAC) and INNAVTEK has launched IT products for the first time in Pakistan starting with PAC PAD 1, PAC eBOOK 1 and PAC nBOOK 1.
These times when you are told about nothing good of Pakistan as if nothing good is happening in Pakistan or Pakistan is all behind on technological frontiers then today we have all that for which you can be proud of.
A brief history
Talking about how it all started, we have to once again mention Pak-China friendship which is at the very core of this venture. PAC is not a new name for Pakistanis and if you don’t know than just remember that is PAC which has developed and now manufacturing JF – 17 Thunder fighter aircraft in collaboration with China. PAC with all its expertise and resources available at its disposal decided to enter commercial market and rightfully selected IT sector which definitely required serious attention.
To achieve this dream, a joint venture between PAC and Innavtek has been established named CPMC.
Current Products and Future Plans
Although the products have already been made available to customers by the end of 2011 or beginning of 2012 but not even us were in the knowledge of this landmark. But luckily we got in contact with Mr. Maqsood Arshad and had a little chat for which we are extremely thankful to him. However, for the time being we are focusing on the three products i.e. PAC PAD 1, PAC nBOOK 1 and PAC eBOOK 1.
While discussing the products and their features and how they stand against other products from big brands and especially “Chinese made” products Mr. Maqsood said, “All our products come with 1 year warranty. As we all know that many ‘Chinese’ products are without any kind of warranty or after sales support. From that perspective our product stands out as it keeps the customer covered as spare parts and other things will also be available”
When asked about how to buy the products he told,”Currently these products are displayed and available in Rawalpindi only and customers can come and buy these products easily. However, for customers in other major cities like Lahore and Karachi we are still sorting it out how to have these goods delivered. We have been in discussion with TCS but so far things are not finalized but this is definitely on our roadmap“.
PAC PAD 1 – Price: Rs. 15,500
PAC PAD 1 is a tablet pc based on Android operating system. PAC PAD 1 is currently available with the specifications given in the following table.
Talking to Mr. Maqsood Arshad, he said, “We have received a good response from customers and we are taking customer’s feedback in consideration as well. For example, many customers asked to upgrade RAM from 256 to 512 for smoother experience to which we are surely looking forward. And we are expecting that by next 2 months or so we will be offering PAC PAD with even more attractive specs including a newer Android 2.4 OS“. He added,”We are also looking forward to implement GSM socket in PAC PAD for complete mobile experience“.
Even for a moment we forget about what is promised in next 2 months, PAC PAD 1 is going to perform as we already have PTCL’s 3G EVO Tab in the market.
You must surely be thinking which one is better between the two then, well we are leaving that to be discussed in near future INSHALLAH TALLAH.
|Size||Height||192mm x 128 mm x 13 mm|
|System||Processor||ARM11 @ 1 GHz|
|OS||Google Android 2.3|
|Card extendible||4GB – 32 GB 50/TF Support|
|Display||Touch screen||capacitive TFT display|
|Battery||Time||10 hrs music, +5 hours video, +4 hours HDMI Support|
|I/O||HDMI||HDMI standard mini port, support full screen output to HDMI devices|
|Earphone||3.5mm earphone jack|
|Audio||Formats||MP3, WMA, AAC, 3GP, FLV|
|Pictures||Formats||JPG, BMP, PNG, GIF|
|Video||Formats||AVI, MKV, WMV, MOV, MPEG, MPG, FLV|
|Software||MS-Office||Word, Excel, Powerpoint, TXT|
|Games||3D Game can be supported by internal 3D acceleration|
|Internet||Browser||Opera, UCWeb, SkyFire, Dolphin|
|Online||Support online videos, TV, movie, music, radio|
|More||There are more than 200 thousands kinds of free software on google market|
|MISC||G-Sensor||All gravity induction|
PAC nBOOK 1 – Price: Rs. 23,500
PAC also launched a notebook or mini laptop with the name PAC nBOOK 1. Pakistan is one big country with majority of its population aged less than 30 years and thus requires all the ingredients to catch up with today’s technological advancement. With devices like PAC nBOOK 1 being assembled, if not completely manufactured, locally does open new doors of knowledge and expertise especially in IT sector.
and comes with the following specifications:
|CPU||Intel Atom N450 @ 1.66 Ghz|
|OS||DOS pre-installed, Windows Xp, Vista, 7, linux supported|
|Memory||1 GB DDR2|
|Hard disk||160 G 5400 rpm SATA HDD|
|MB Chipset||Intel 945GSE+NMI10|
|Video Card||GMA 3150 high-performance video card|
|Camera||130m pixels HD camera|
|US||3 USB ports|
|Card Reader||4 in 1 (SD/MS/MMC/MS-pro)|
|Audio||HD speaker output, stereo headphone, stereo mic|
|Weight||1.2Kg ~ 1.4 kg with battery|
PAC eBOOK 1 – Price: Rs. 8,000
An affordable yet practical ebook reader was all that Pakistani students were waiting for. Although, ebooks readers has not attracted much attention in Pakistan but we can expect that PAC eBOOK 1 is surely going to have its presence noticed. Following are the specifications of PAC eBOOK 1:
|Screen||7 inch TFT, 16:9|
|Battery||Built in polymer battery 2400 mAH|
|Text||Txt, PDF, HTM, HTML, EPUB, F82|
|Audio||MP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC, AAC, OGG|
|Image||JPG, BMP, GIF, PNG|
|Video||AVI, RM, RMV8, MP4, 3GP, MPEG, WMA, FLV, DAT, VOB, MPG, MOV, MKV, APE|
|Card Reader||Micro SD card upto 16 GB|
|Interface||USB 2.0 x 1|
|Accessories||USB cable, Power Adapter|
No doubt that among all three products, PAC PAD 1 is the gadget of the time and we are hopeful that people at CPMC are going to come up with something great by the second quarter of 2012.
We will also like to share one really interesting fact that we were planning to start our new section on Technology and were still finalizing that what should be on our very first article. But we are thankful to ALLAH Almighty that we are starting our new section with this article and we are really proud of it. And we are thankful to everyone at PAC and CPMC and everyone else who contributed in the making of these products.
And lets not forget Arfa Karim and her vision and passion to revolutionize Pakistan’s Information Technology sector.
Let us know what you people think about these three products and what should the next versions of these products should and should not have in the comment section below and we will surely let your voices be heard.
NOTE: Prices mentioned in this article were confirmed at the time of writing this article and may change later.
Specifications and pictures courtesy of CPMC’s website: http://www.cpmc.pk/