Acer, Reliance Launch Netbook With Embedded Broadband

Jayesh Shinde 12 Aug 2010

Acer and Reliance Communications jointly launched a new Acer Aspire One 532h netbook with wireless broadband connectivity from Reliance Netconnect Broadband Plus that offers high speed Web connectivity of up to 3.1 Mbps across 66 cities in India. It is India’s first mass market 3G ready netbook.

The third generation Acer Aspire One 532h netbook has a Qualcomm QSC6085 chip for EVDO 3G broadband connectivity out-of-the-box -- no external 3G USB dongles required.

The Aspire One 532h netbook will connect online through Reliance Mobile’s network across the country. The embedded broadband netbook will offer high speed data connectivity up to 3.1 Mbps across 66 cities and 156 Kbps across 25,000 towns and 6 lakh Indian villages on Reliance’s CDMA network.

Acer stressed on the benefits of an embedded wireless broadband chip versus an external USB dongle connected to the Acer Aspire One 532h. An external USB dongle consumes roughly 13-Watts of power, while the embedded Qualcomm EVDO 3G broadband chip takes only 9-Watts of power, Acer claims -- this will ultimately prolong battery life of the Acer Aspire One 532h netbook.

Nothing much changes in the new Acer Aspire One 532h netbook -- 10-inch screen, Intel Atom N450 1.66-GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD, Windows 7 Starter -- apart from the embedded Reliance Netconnect Broadband Plus wireless connectivity.

Interested customers will have to fill a CAF form at the outlet they purchase the new Acer Aspire One 532h netbook from, as per telecom regulations, pending which the Reliance Netconnect Broadband Plus will be activated. Acer and Reliance both maintained there won’t be much time wasted in this process.

The new Acer Aspire One 532h netbook with embedded Reliance Netconnect Broadband Plus connectivity is prices at Rs. 19,499 (taxes and levies extra). The netbook comes with 2 months of complimentary free broadband worth Rs. 2,198. Reliance Mobile suggested users will have five prepaid and five postpaid plans to choose from -- 1GB to 15GB data plans with nationwide roaming support.