When it comes to air-force, the last thing one would expect from them is to commercially manufacture tablets. However, this time it is the Pakistani armed forces in question, and quite bizarrely they do have a full fledged 'independent' commercial empire extending all over the chaos stricken country. And the latest addition to this autonomous business realm is their indigenous version of an Android tablet, christened as PACPAD 1.
The electronic offspring of collaborative fusion between Chinese hardware and Pakistani design, the product is being made inside a high-security air force complex, beside a bevy of stationed fighter jet planes. The facility itself is located at Kamra, which is considered as Pakistani Army's home base.
The PACPAD (with PAC standing for Pakistan Aeronautical Complex) has a built-in Android Gingerbread (2.3) operating system, thus eschewing the traditional Android Honeycomb (3.0) OS for tablets. The pricing is kept at a range of around $200, which can be considered as 'dirt cheap', by competing even with low range devices like Kindle Fire.
However, beyond mere specifications, the device is expected to have far reaching impacts on the political, commercial as well as the nationalistic sphere. From military's point of view, their only conscientious aim is to 'strengthen the national economy through commercialization’ and that too with a strategic partnership with their long time ally China.
But from unbiased perspectives, the analysts are already seeing the move as a commercial venture to bolster the military's nation wide expansive businesses, which also includes massive land holdings, flour and sugar mills, hotels, travel agents and even a breakfast cereal product.
Whatever be the main reasoning, we cannot certainly deny the eccentric novelty of air-force engineers contriving Android based tablets. And, we also shouldn't forget the fact it is being offered at an affordable pricing, for at least the middle class of Pakistan.