Asia Bizz: Since the Indian government is planning to launch the second generation of Aakash Tablet PCs, it is now soliciting Taiwan based PC makers to participate in the bidding. Sandeep Yadav, the convener of the project says that it will be possible to lower the selling price of the Aakash tablet PCs to US$35.
Earlier, the international bidding for the new Aakash tablet PC project was planned in the month of December 2011, but it is expected to get delayed to January 2012, the industry sources said. At present, the shipments of the new Aakash tablet PC have reached up to 8,000 units for the trial use by the students.
The government of India is also planning to ship 200 million units of the new Aakash in the upcoming years so as to connect all the major universities in the country. The new Aakash will be unveiled in the month of January 2012 or February 2012.
The first generation of the Aakash tablets are manufactured by the UK based Datawind. 10 to 20% of the components of the tablets are supplied by Taiwan makers. The tablet which is the world’s cheapest tablet has become more and more popular in the country and is at present in high demand.