Several new Windows 8-powered tablets have made their way to the market over the past few months. Today, Croma added two more tablets to the mix.

The companies at an event in New Delhi launched two Windows 8.1-powered tablets that are powered by Intel processors. Croma 1179 Tablet sports an 8-inch display, while the larger one Croma 1177 is a 2-in-1 10.1-inch tablet.

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The 8-inch tablet — Croma1179 is priced at Rs 13,990, whereas the 10.1 Croma1177 will cost Rs 21,990. It should be noted that Croma 1179 is by far the cheapest Windows 8.1-powered tablet available in the India market today. Croma, which has been until now known for its retailer chain is looking to venture into the hardware space.

Specifications of Croma 1179 Tablet

  • Display: 8-inch
  • Resolution: 1280 x 800 (~720P)
  • Processor: 1.33 GHz Intel Atom processor Z3735D
  • Operating System: Windows 8.1
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Camera: 2MP (front), 2MB (rear)
  • Connectivity: Wifi and support for 3G dongles.
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Battery: 5000mAh
  • Price: Rs 13,990.

At the given price point, Croma 1179 seems like a decent device. The 720P resolution on an 8-inch. with 2 gigs of RAM, good enough camera, and decent storage and battery, Croma 1179 might help Microsoft get more people to use Windows-powered tablet. Though, it should be noted that of the provided 32GB space, users won’t get more than 20GB or so.

Specifications of Croma 1177 2-in-1

  • Display: 10.1-inch
  • Processor: Intel Atom processor Z3735D
  • Operating System: Windows 8.1
  • Connectivity: 3g, WiFi
  • Camera: 2MP (front), 2MP (rear)
  • Price: Rs Rs 21,990

From the specs, Croma 1177 appears to be the bigger version of the 8-inch Croma 1179 with no major difference in hardware specs, save for the bigger screen, of course. One key differentiation here is the 2-in-1 capability, which enables the device to be used as both a tablet as well as a laptop.

If you’re thinking of getting yourself a tablet, with which you want to get a lot of work done, it might be in your best interest to go with the Windows 8.1-powered tablets, as it offers free Office productivity suite for a year alongside providing the ability to install most of your computer’s software.

Microsoft hasn’t launched its Surface tablets in India yet, and while there are several tablets to pick from — including Acer Iconia Windows 8 tablet, Croma is offering  reasonable decent specifications at great price points.

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