After attempting to make the cheapest tablet in the world and sell it to students at a highly subsidized price, the Indian government is now looking at developing cheap smartphones, ET reports. The plan is to develop a sub-$100 smartphone and target first time buyers to push the country’s broadband growth. Also Read - Mi Notebook Pro X to be Xiaomi's most expensive laptop yet, launch tomorrow
“A fully functional smartphone is no longer an object of desire but an instrument of empowerment,” an official told ET. The plan is to locally manufacture these smartphones and sell them at cheaper costs to target a massive consumer base in the country. Also Read - 5 apps helping people get through the COVID-19 second wave: Twitter, CoWIN, Aarogya Setu
This proposal was discussed on July 29 in a meeting of the joint working group on broadband that is co-chaired by the department of telecommunication’s (DoT) additional secretary, Rita Teotia, and ex-Nasscom chief, Kiran Karnik.
It will be interesting to see who develops the smartphone in India and if the government can learn from their mistakes on the Aakash front.