New iPad hits stores in India on April 27

NEW DELHI Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:25pm IST

1 of 2. Customers look at the new iPad at the Apple Store in the Eaton Centre shopping mall in Toronto, March 16, 2012.

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The new iPad will be available in India from April 27, Apple Inc said on Monday, a month after it started selling the latest version of its popular tablet computer in 10 countries including the United States.

The third iteration of the best-selling device is priced between 30,500 rupees and 50,900 rupees in the Indian market depending on the variant.

The iPad with 16 GB of memory that works only on wi-fi networks is priced at 30,500 rupees, while the one that can operate on both wi-fi as well as fourth-generation (4G) mobile networks costs 38,900 rupees.

The new iPad is, however, not compatible with the 4G LTE network currently available in India and customers will have to make do with the 3G networks.

Bharti Airtel launched India's first 4G network in Kolkata this month and is expanding the high-speed network to Bangalore, Pune and Chandigarh in the coming months.

But the Indian networks are powered by a different radio spectrum band than the ones used by the 4G iPad, which is supported only on the networks of a handful of U.S. and Canadian carriers.

While the iPad is the clear market leader globally, and the new version with its faster chips, fourth-generation wireless and a sharper display is only expected to cement Apple's lead, the company has hit some bumps in the road.

In March, the consumer watchdog in Australia took legal action to ensure the company makes consumers aware the new iPad cannot connect to 4G networks in Australia, prompting Apple to offer refunds to all affected buyers in Australia.

There were also complaints in Britain about misleading claims about access to 4G, which is not available in the country.

Customers have the option to buy the new iPad in black or white with 16, 32, or 64 GB of memory, and can choose a model that works only on wi-fi or on both wi-fi and 4G.

The company will continue to sell the iPad 2 in India but has slashed its prices, with the 16 GB wi-fi model now available for 24,500 while the 3G version will cost 32,900 rupees, Apple said.

(Writing by Tony Tharakan)

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