Simmtronics has announced that it will be bidding for the Aakash 4 tablet project. This will be the fourth generation tablet model under the much-controversial government-initiated low-cost tablet project. So far, the first three generation models of the tablet were made by Datawind. Also Read - Apple is working on a new cheaper iPad Air with A13 processor: Report
Indrajit Sabharwal, MD of the Indian tablet and smartphone vendor, claims that they have always been cost-effective device makers and thus hold good scope for winning the bid. Sabharwal added that the company has already been approached by a number of chipset makers for the tablet.
Last year Kapil Sibal had said that the price of the next version of Aakash tablet will be placed for Rs 1,500. For this price, the Directorate General of Supplies & Disposals has mentioned the tablet to come with specifications like a 7-inch scratch-resistant capacitative touchscreen, 4GB of internal storage, microSD card slot with storage capacity of up to 32 GB, front camera and connectivity options like Wi-Fi, 2G, 3G as well as 4G LTE. Also, the tender for the tablet mentions that 30 percent of the components of the Aakash 4 must be made in India.
The Aakash project now requires all these specifications with the tablet to cost just Rs 2,500. However, even a successful bidder like Datawind is finding the price challenging in the absence of any government subsidies.