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MTN is preparing to launch its low-cost (R999) Steppa Tablet into the South African market. These cut-price tablets are not in competition with the high end devices and are not trying to be, instead it offers the consumer more options. Steppa Tablet’s entry into the market at the low cost level is as important as the high end devices.
Steppa Tablet follows the sell-out of the Steppa 1, its inexpensive smartphone, which was launched earlier this year.
Steppa Tablet is bundled with 200MB data for 12 months. MTN says that the Steppa Tablet brings the internet to students and learners, entrepreneurs on the go and consumers looking for an affordable, high-performance alternative to a PC or laptop.
The Steppa Tablet features a 7″ 1024×600 pixel screen, Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) operating system and 3500mAh battery.
It has a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 1GB RAM and 4GB internal storage. The tablet’s memory can be expanded by way of a microSD card slot. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor powers it.
When the battery does need recharging, Qualcomm Quick Charge 1.0 maximises the power delivered to the devices’ battery, charging up to 40% faster than devices without it.
The Steppa Tablet might be aimed at the lowest earner but it boasts an impressive array of built-in apps. Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, some games, YouTube and Google Maps are all included.
The Steppa Tablet is available at selected retail stores from end-November, for R999 on MTN’s prepaid price plans.