"The partnership augurs well for both the companies just as it increases access to our low cost android tablets, the addition of our range to HomeShop18 platform enriches their overall offering," Datawind President and CEO Suneet Singh Tuli said in a statement.

Low-cost Aakash tablet maker Datawind made a foray into touchscreen smartphone segment with the launch of three handsets at a price starting from Rs 3,499, which are equipped with its patented mobile internet technology.

The dual-sim smartphones, branded as PocketSurfer, are equipped with internet acceleration technology which helps load webpages fast even on 2G networks.

The 2G smartphones have been priced at Rs 3,499 and Rs 4,999, while the 3G handset carries a price tag of Rs 6,499. The lowest version of PocketSurfer smartphone has Linux operating system which was earlier seen in Motorola phones. The other two phones, PocketSurfer 5 and PocketSurfer 3G5 are built on Android 4.0 platform. The 2G models of PocketSurfer have 1 Ghz processor and 3G model has 1.2 Ghz dual core processor.

The linux OS based PocketSurfer has only front VGA camera, while other two models have both front and rear cameras. The company has started online booking of phones and will provide cash-on-delivery option to customers.

DataWind launches Wifi enabled 10.1 inch tablets

DataWind, maker of UbiSlate tablets and PocketSurfer smartphones, has expanded its portfolio with the introduction of 10.1 inch tablets. The move is aimed at consolidating its leadership in the low-cost internet connectivity and web access device segment.

Breaking price barriers for these large form factors, the company has launched its 10.1 inch Wifi tablet at Rs 5,999 making it thus far the lowest priced and most competitively specked product in the Indian tablet market, a company statement said here.
    
The company has also introduced the first 10 inch tablet computer with embedded 3G modems under Rs 10,000. The new tablets will debut on India's largest online marketplace Snapdeal.