IT products maker WishTel on said it will participate in the second round of bid for low-cost tablet PC Aakash 2. WishTel Chief Executive Officer Milind Shah said that they lost out to Datawind in the first round by a narrow margin.
Shah said between WishTel and Datawind, price for device was competitive, but lost out on deliverables in terms of service support, maintenance, logistics, taxes and other things. He added the low price of the device may not be a problem for the company as the volumes are very large.
Aakash, termed as the world’s cheapest tablet PC, was launched in October last year by Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal. It comes with a price tag of mere Rs 2,276 whereas the high-end tablet PC will cost anything between Rs 25,000 and Rs 40,000. Aakash is be supplied to students at a subsidised rate of Rs 1,500.