Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is apparently in talks with DataWind – a Canada based company and Aakash, the world’s current cheapest tablet maker to bring world’s cheapest 4G tablet to Indians. The estimated price of this new 4G tablet would be between Rs. 4000 – Rs. 5000 (around 100 dollars).
“We have had preliminary talks with Reliance Industries. It is possible to embed a TD-LTE (long-term evolution) chipset in the tablet for 4G coverage. To begin, this December we’ll launch a GPRS-enabled tablet at an MRP of Rs 2,999 with some Indian operators. Once 4G services are launch we’ll have a product in that space too,” said Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO of DataWind confirming the same in a report by Business Standard (Technology).
However, Reliance Industries spokesperson has declined to comment over it.
If the companies are successful in launching the tablet at that price, it would be a quarter of the price of tablets being offered by global electronics giants. We’ve a solid reason to believe that Indians would see 4G in India because Reliance is already getting ready to launch 4G services in India by 2012 by the second quarter.
If released, the next 4G tablet is expected to create enough storms in the upcoming 4G market with specially the low-cost devices. The company’s target is also very clear with its low-cost strategy. According to Tuli, the company wants to offer tablets at less than half their competitors’ (HTC, Dell, Motorola mainly) prices in the competitive landscape.
At the same time, having a partner like DataWind that promises tad cheap 4G tablets is actually a very big boost for RIL. If Reliance offers its 4G tablet at the price promised, India could leapfrog all the consumer devices ever produced to access the Internet and land straight up on tablets.
Priced at Rs. 2,999, Aakash which was recently developed by DataWind has recently been unveiled by Human Resources Development Minister Mr. Kapil Sibal in the capital.