Indian Govt. invites Taiwan PC makers to bid for Aakash 2

The Indian government is looking forward for some help from the Taiwan manufacturers of the Aakash tablet to get a larger count of the tablets inside the country for an even lower price of just $35 USD.
Pallab Jyotee Hazarika,

Sandeep Yadav, the convener of the Aakash tablet project  has let out that the Second generation Aakash tablet PC’s are due to be launched soon and the Government of India is addressing the Taiwan based PC makers to bear a hand in the bidding process of the tablet.

According to the industry sources of the tablet, the new Aakash tablet PC will be placed out in January 2012 after its dates were postponed from December 2011.

Sandeep, the convener also mentioned about the possible lowering of the prices of the Aakash Tablet PC’s which primarily depends on the aid provided by the Taiwan maker’s manufacturing capabilities.

The current shipment of 8,000 Aakash tablets has been reached and provided to the students for trial use, while the Indian Government verges to bring in 200 million units of the Aakash tablets in a few years.

The early versions of the Aakash Tablets are manufactured by the UK-based company, DataWind with the Taiwan manufacturers supplying 10-20% of the components required, added Sandeep Yadav.

For the Aakash tablets, the current tablets read a price tag of $50 USD which could tumble down to $35 USD, if aided by the manufacturers.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2011-12-30 (Update: 2012-05-26)