Datawind, the supplier of Aakash tablet to Government of India’s highly ambitious project, will have to face many hurdles in securing order from Government,in the second phase of tendering, as more and more indigenous companies are coming out with economical tablets. Wishtel has announced the launch of its budget tablets – Ira and Ira Thing in the Indian market today.
IT products maker Wishtel on Friday said it will participate in the second round of bid for low-cost tablet PC Aakash, though it had lost out to Datawind in the first round.
Wishtel has launched two models of its tablets in the country. While one model will be running on Android 2.2, the other model will have Linux Sugar OS on-board. The cheaper version Ira features 7 inch resistive display, 800MHz VIA WonderMedia ARM SoC , Wi-Fi connectivity, 2GB internal memory, 512MB RAM, 3G modem support via USB, 3.5mm audio jack and a 2800 mAh battery. It is being sold at Rs 4,000. Ira Thing will come with 7 inch capacitive display, but rest of the specifications will remain same as Ira. It will be priced at Rs 5,500.
The company claims that the devices can also support 23 Indian languages with Linux operating system. Wishtel has a network of over 350 distributors across India. The devices are manufactured at its facilities in Maharashtra and Gujarat.s Ira. Both the tablets are now available nationwide.
If our honourable telecom minister has scant regards for easily available, locally developed and workable tablets then he should split tenders and award contracts to different local companies or reputed vendors so that even if a particular company is unable to fulfill its commitment then he can fall back on another companies and that will be the best recourse to implement the huge project of distributing the tablets to Indian students.