India launches British-made Aakash tablet priced at $34

By Jos · 19 replies
Oct 6, 2011
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  1. A new tablet co-produced by Datawind in the UK is set to launch in India, aiming to reduce the digital divide by offering affordable computing and thus getting the device…

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  2. tehbanz

    tehbanz TS Enthusiast Posts: 183   +10

    wonder if they plan on a global release, would love a cheap tablet for reading books!
  3. coolazeem

    coolazeem TS Rookie Posts: 21

  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,715   +856

    Wonder how much they're losing on those. You know damn well it takes more than $34 to make one.
  5. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Yeah, there must be some subsidizing going on. Even with labor costs of zero, you still have to buy the components. Unless they're making zero profit.
  6. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    I call overstock products wipe out, but still its a very smart tablet for making only what you really need and not what you believe you need :)
  7. Rasta211

    Rasta211 TS Booster Posts: 215   +32

    Go India!
  8. It is Co-Produced by Datawind UK, but assembling and actual manufacturing is being done in Indian city of Hyderabad.

    So it's a made in India Product not British made.

    Please correct your title.

    Please watch this fr proof
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I should talk to some of my fellow grad students that are Indian, have them have a friend or family member buy one and then ship it to me :)
  10. intelinside

    intelinside TS Rookie

    I think it'll do well for first couple of quarters and then die miserably like TATA Nano.

    Beware of cheap products!!!
  11. Seraphim401

    Seraphim401 TS Booster Posts: 71   +26

    You read my mind.
  12. It probably doesn't take more than $34 to make a tablet, actually.
  13. Royalgok

    Royalgok TS Member Posts: 33

    Such specs for that cheap a price is surprising. Like to see what it's like. I'm from Sri Lanka which is practically next door to India so should be able to get my hands on one of these :)

    The Minister's name is Kapil Sibal, btw, with an L. He's the Minister for Communications and IT, not HR development.
  14. LOL! He's HRD Minister AS WELL AS Comm. Minister in the wake of suspension of A.Raja
  15. people would not content even if they get cheap tablet with 3hour battery capacity

    see some of student face not show glad face when they open this tablet package,

    it is better that India should more invest in making Tablet factory in India and produce for their own people good quality with cheap price . India has a lot of economic to developed the same as china
  16. Why would we offer cheap devices only for the poor? Why can't all be able to buy inexpensive products, can we lower prices just because someone is poor? What do the rich get? Isn't that discrimination?
  17. hey stop all those we INDIANS going to rock the whole world soon not only in education but in research and development also beware and be aware of us . soon going to over take US and developing CHINA

    hey people of other nations make a note within 10 years all nations will depend on INDIA that time u ll say " INDIA the great " now too ur giant companies are coming to our country to sell all things
    becoz of money money money
  18. So the whole world will come to give to you, but what do you offer the world?
  19. Hope they are not pulling any Scam through this as this would really going to effect our image at global standards

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