Pakistani Military Introduces Android-Based PACPAD

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Pakistan’s military has introduced a new home-built tablet called the PACPAD 1, an Android-powered device being offered for approximately US$200. Built by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, who put the PAC in the name, the device uses Chinese hardware and Android 2.3.

PACPAD 1

The PACPAD-1
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The device features a 1GHz ARM 11 processor, 256MB of RAM, and comes with either 2, 4, 8, or 16GB of storage. It has a 7” Capacitive TFT display with a resolution of 1080 x 720.

PACPAD is being sold in limited quantities, but represents a new effort by Pakistan’s military to enter into the consumer electronics space. According to an Associated Press report, this isn’t being universally embraced within the country.

“I just can’t figure it out,” Jehan Ara, head of Pakistan’s Software Houses Association, said to the AP. “Even if they could sell a billion units, I can’t see the point. The air force is supposed to be protecting the air space and borders of the country.”

Ayesha Siddiqa, author of Military Inc., which the report said is a critical study of military businesses, said, “The defense industry is trying to justify its presence by doing more than just produce weapons. Some smart aleck must have thought we can make some money here.”

The PAC also sells a laptop called the PAC-nBOOK 1 and an e-reader called PAC-eBOOK 1. Only a few hundred of the PACPAD tablets have been built, but another batch will reportedly be complete within the next few months.

Comments

Lee Dronick

?I just can?t figure it out,? Jehan Ara, head of Pakistan?s Software Houses Association, said to the AP. ?Even if they could sell a billion units, I can?t see the point. The air force is supposed to be protecting the air space and borders of the country.?

Pakistani consumers should get Charlie Miller to look for a back door and/or spyware built into these devices. If you want to spy on your citizens then sell them an inexpensive tablet with spy tools preinstalled.

skipaq

Just what the world needs! Government built consumer goods. This not a dumb idea. It is a dangerous concept.

shocked to hear

Oh my god.. this is not a Pakistan made tablet.. you can buy same and better models from china websites like www.alibaba.com .. you can order 10 units and even print your name on it. really stupid to say its made in Pakistan when its MADE IN CHINA .retarded news

Bryan Chaffin

Speaking of retarded, the story specifies that the hardware is Chinese.

Also speaking of retarded, you should look up “punctuation.” It’s fun for me and you.

geoduck

OK so it was built by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, and I get that from the article that one of the users will be the Pakistani Air Force.

I find it funny that Angry Birds is on the unit in the picture.

MOSiX Man

Shut up and take my money! Oh, wait… NO!

@Bryan - Don’t hold back. Tell us how you really feel!

Bryan Chaffin

I’ll work on it, MOSiX. I’ve been trying to loosen up a little…

iJack

PakiPad, huh…

This has iPad killer written all over it.

Lee Dronick

This has iPad killer written all over it.

Right to left.

iJack

wink

Avais

With an increasingly diverse portfolio of profit making ventures one would expect the Pakistan Military to become self sustaining in the near future. Can this mean an end to the yearly budget allocation for the military? Probably wishful thinking but just imagine if the substantial budget allocation for military is released for external debt repayment or development of the country…..

wab95

Engineering: We’ve created a Fast And Responsive Tablet.

Marketing: Great. Oh…I know, let’s call it ‘The FARTPad’!

Just because you can name a thing, doesn’t mean you should. I’ve had too much downtime musing on pad and tablet names by geographic or national region since reading this, but enough about me. Congratulations to the Pakistan military for creating a tablet that is outgunned and obsolete at launch, but no matter. 

Although the region is awash in commercial Android-powered tablets with superior specs and configurations in a range of prices, this could still sell amongst a certain sector, perhaps buttressed by a domestic appeal.

Self-justification is unlikely the motive (just not a question by any military in this region), but it does beg the question, ‘Why?’. The partnership is telling. I suspect that they were inspired by Amazon and the Fire Tablet (a device they appear to emulate), have no R&D to recover, minimal production costs (almost none really), and stand to make a tidy profit.

brownie

software is from google and hardware is from china. just coz they assembled parts in Pak makes it “Made in Pakistan”?  Realllyyy???

iJack

It’s as “Pakistani” as any PC or Mac is “American.”

SQureshi

It?s as ?Pakistani? as any PC or Mac is ?American.?

Thanks iJack….....exactly. I think instead of writing negative, one should talk about its advantages and disadvantages.
Competition is good. It might one day help lower the inflation in the world. And some poor student in a far away land actually use it to educate himself or herself.

Why can’t they make it? Who is going to lose what? Whats wrong with it? Why should we care?

iJack

Competition is good.

I’d be really surprised if we ever saw it in stores here.

sandeela waseem

Lovely. Excellent effort.

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