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DataWind boss reveals secret behind US$35 tablet

Nestor Arellano | Jan. 9, 2012
Four hundred thousand, that was the number of units pre-ordered in October last year by people eager to get their hands on the commercial version of the Aakash Tablet, the world's cheapest tablet device, slated for release this month by Montreal-based tech upstart DataWind Inc.

DataWind also opted for the free Android operating system and tweaked it to work on its devices' cheaper but weaker processors (Arm 11 -- 366 MHz microprocessors in the case of Aakash).

DataWind further cuts production cost by manufacturing its devices outside Canada. "The Aakash is manufactured in India not only because of the lower labour cost, proximity to the market and because the device would be the pride of India," according to Tuli.

In his talks with other countries, Tuli is pushing for a similar local manufacturing model.

 

 

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