India's Cheapest Tablet Aakash 2 Debuts In UN

India's Cheapest Tablet Aakash 2 Debuts In UN

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 29 November 2012, 13:45 Hrs   |    1 Comments
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Bangalore: Aakash 2, India’s lowest priced tablet saw the lime light in UN today. Contrary to the expectations, no remarks were made on the Chinese allegation about ingenuity of the device. It was launched by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

According to Indian ambassador Hardeep Puri, who spoke at the event, “Using the Aakash 2, children in remote schools will have access to world class facilities.” The USP of the device is its low cost, priced at $ 40 or Rs 2,200. The device is to be made available to an estimated 220 million students for free.

Datawind CEO Suneet Tuli at the event said, “The idea and innovation is Indian, final assembling is in India. One report says only embellishing is done in India. Ask Apple and Microsoft what that means.”

Earlier, a Hindustan Times report had said that Aakash 2 was a made-in-China device and was picked up off-the-shelf by Datawind.

Datawind CEO Suneet Singh Tuli squashed the charges outright, stating that parts of the device were manufactured in China but it was fully assembled in India.

The device was also been into the other controversies beside made-in-china label, the consumers complained that they never received their orders and that the device was very slow with a low battery life.