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Monday, 9 July 2012

Ghana’s K-Pad Set To Rival Apple's iPad

K-Pad, Ghana's version of the iPad

K-Pad tablet, A product launched by Alltel Ghana Limited is gaining worldwide attention as a result of it’s increased user patronage, low cost and and locally developed free web applications for users.
The product is already making waves, taking away worries of many Ghanaians and Africans over high prices of tablet devices, it has become a preferred product for many on the continent. It runs on Google’s Android operating system as well as Microsoft’s Windows 7 and 8.
he ‘K’ in ‘K-Pad’ is for Kludgeson. Kofi Kludgeson, the Executive Chairman of Alltel Limited, a Ghanaian IT company in an interview with journalists in Accra on Tuesday he stated: “After five years of technical development, we have come out with a product that is a major breakthrough in the world of technology.
“We have come out with a K-Pad and in three months the product has hit the world market in a might way.”
The KPads range in size from 7 inches up to 10.1 and run Android and Windows. Kludjeson’s company, Alltel Limited (not to be confused with Alltel…), has made this product available to customers for 75 Ghanaian Cedis (around $43) per month for three years, making them 2,700 GH₵/$1,548 total.
The Specification is as follows:
K-7 inch Specification
7inch K-PAD tablet with Marvell Armada 166 ARM11 800MHz CPU, touch screen, Android OS, Resistive touch panel, LCD screen, SDRAM 256MB DDR2 RAM, 4GB MLC FLASH, WIFI Support 802.11b/g, USB, 1.3 megapixel webcam, scroll ball, e-learning and e-books.
36 months Subscription
GH¢ #
Price bundle includes: wireless internet connection (WIFI) and a leather case with keyboard.
K-8 inch Specification
8inch K-PAD tablet with LED screen, Android OS, Multi – touch screen,512M DDR2 RAM, Freescale i.MX515 CORTEX A8 CPU, 4G Flash memory, WIFI support 802.11b/g, GPS, 1.3 mega pixel webcam, USB, Memory card slot, 1.3 megapixel webcam, e-learning and e-books.
36 months Subscription
GH¢ #
Price bundle includes: wireless internet connection (WIFI) and a leather case with keyboard.
K 9.7 inch Specification
9.7inch K-PAD tablet with Android OS, Multi–touch screen, LCD screen, Freescale i.MX515 CORTEX A8 CPU, 2G Flash memory, Bluetooth, WIFI support 802.11b/g, 1.3 mega pixel webcam, supports word, excel, PowerPoint, PDF and TXT, supports most video and audio player formats, USB, e-learning and e-books.
36 months Subscription
GH¢ #
Price bundle includes: wireless internet connection (WIFI) and a leather case with keyboard.
K-10.1 inch Specification
10.1inch K-PAD tablet with LED screen, Win 7 OS, Intel Atom Mobile N455 1.66GHZ(Dual Core) CPU, Multi–touch screen, DDR2 slot, 32GB(Hard disk), WIFI 802.11b/g, Bluetooth, 1.3 Mega Pixels Webcam, 3G connectivity, 3in1 card reader, VGA port HDMI port, RJ-45 port for LAN, cooling thermal system with smart fan, e-learning and e-books.
“Our focus on K-Pad is to look at the rural communities because there they have problems with data. In the health sector for instance, we want nurses to use K-Pad to record the basic data requirement for patients in order to make healthcare more accessible and efficient,” Mr Kludjeson stated.
He also added that K-Pad has transformed into an African project and the goal of Alltel is to target only five per cent of each economy’s population.
“In the last few months, we have had a lot of the international press some from Belgium Television, Reuters and BBC wanting to know more about Alltel and its products, especially the K-Pad.”
Alltel is going to introduce in the next two weeks, a product called “K-Phone”. K-Phone, which is a mobile phone with an Android operating system and dual SIM that will give 24/7 internet service to users. In addition, Alltel hopes to develop a 4G network in Ghana, he added.
“In the next three years, we should be able to create and empower skills development for about one million youths in Ghana. The country is growing currently at 15% and a lot is happening and if we do not take advantage of the knowledge and technology gap, a time will come foreigners will do that for us.”
Alltel is making plans to list on the Ghana Stock Exchange in the next 12 months.
Tech Talk

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