The first CDMA Tab is here, priced at Rs.12,999.

The 7-inch capacitive touch screen Tab with Android 2.3 OS (operating system) from Reliance Communications comes with a 512 MB RAM and micro SD external storage. Weighing 397 gram, it has a 2 MP rear camera and a front camera.

The company, which launched 3G Tab last year, is offering a free 4 GB SD card with the CDMA version. The device supports up to 32 GB storage.

The CDMA Tab was, on Monday, launched in Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune.

Addressing presspersons at the launch here, Rakesh Singh, Hub Head (Wireless Business), Tamil Nadu and Kerala, Reliance Communications, said these four cities were key growth drivers for Tabs in the country. Launching in these four cities would help access the market in the remaining areas of the respective States, he added.

Earlier, music director Anirudh Ravichander of ‘Kolaveri Di' fame launched the Tab.

According to Mr. Singh, the aspirations and the need of the people to access Internet wherever and whenever they want was bound to spur growth of the Tab market, which now is flooded with as many as 30 brands and 80 models.

The Indian Tab market, he added, was projected to touch 8.3 lakh pieces in 2015 from 1.6 lakh pieces this year.

With the launch, Reliance becomes the first telecom operator in the country to offer Tabs on both the 3G and CDMA networks, a release said. It is also the first CMDA Android Tablet from an Indian telecom company.

The Tab, with push e-mail capability, is bundled with ‘Documents to Go' that supports Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and PDF formats.

Other features include Mobile TV, voice calling, GPS and video recording, the release said.

The CDMA Tab is available with post-paid plans offering discounts of upto 40 per cent on the regular rates. All the plans will come with default voice tariff plan of 50 paise per minute for all intra and inter circle calls and 50 paise for local and national SMS, the release added. Post-paid customers can avail themselves of a combo plan that will offer free data usage upto 2GB at a rental of Rs.750 a month.