The much-publicized the world’s cheapest tablet - Aakash 2 launched by President Pranab Mukherjee on November 11,now a
revealed by an Indian daily states that tablets are indeed factory-made entirely in China and easily procured for distribution in India under HRD ministry scheme
According to an exclusive report by Hindustan Times, DataWind founders, Suneet and Raja Singh Tuli, might have gotten hold of the device from manufacturers in China for a mere USD 42 (Rs 2,263), constant price at which it was sold to the Indian government.
Datawind sold the Chinese-made devices to government branding them as Aakash 2, at a value of Rs 2263 each. Datawind chief executive officer Suneet Singh Tuli said the touch panels utilized in the device were factory-made in montreal however "consolidated in Hongkong or China" for expediency.
"Final assembly and programming of all units is completed in India," Tuli said. "We have designed the motherboards and write our own software that goes into the tablets and even have developed much of the enclosures and mechanical parts." .
The government is to get around 100,000 units of Aakash 2 from Datawind by the end of Dec, at Rs 2,263 each and can make them available to students at a half-price discount of Rs 1,132 through their colleges and schools.