Datawind unveils new 3G PocketSurfer devices

Datawind's new 3G PocketSurfer devices

Datawind has taken the wraps off the next generation of its PocketSurfer web-browsing device, adding 3G technology to the mix.

In addition to faster net capabilities, the PocketSurfer 3 and PocketSurfer 3 Lite come bundled with a Linux operating system and basic work-focused applications such as word processing and spreadsheet applications.

An active matrix five-inch, 640x240 TFT screen, enhanced navigation, a backlit QWERTY keyboard, instant messaging and built-in GPS are also included in the PocketSurfer 3 and PocketSurfer 3 Lite, which will cost 199.99 and 159.99 respectively when they become available next month.

Datawind is also giving users more mobile web for their money too, by throwing in an extra 10 hours of surfing - taking the total to 30 hours a month - in addition to European roaming at five pence a minutes.

"There is a still strong consumer demand for a device that is truly portable, delivers the real web into the palm of your hand, is free for the average user and doesn't tie consumers into monthly contracts or fees," said Suneet S. Tuli, Datawind's chief executive, in a statement.

Click here to see what IT PRO's sister title PC Pro made of the PocketSurfer 2 when it was launched last year.

In separate news, the company also unveiled a netbook-style device in the form of the UbiSurfer, which it claims is the first of its kind to offer free UK web access.

The UbiSurfer is available from Maplin stores immediately at a cost of 159.99. For that price, users get a 700g device boasting an 800x480 resolution TFT wide screen, Wi-Fi, LAN and an embedded GPRS modem and SIM courtesy of Vodafone.

"Our main driver as a company is to offer free internet to everyone, everywhere," Tuli added. "With the UbiSurfer we are offering 30 hours a month of free usage and we mean free, no hidden costs, no wires and no contract and it's this that sets us apart from others in the market."

Web pages are served within five to seven seconds, which is faster than its netbook peers, according to Datawind. The UbiSurfer also features an Arm processor, several work and play-focused applications, a Linux operating system, 1GB of SSD and an SD/SDHC card reader.

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