Datawind looking to make $20 tablet computer

Datawind have announced they are looking to make a tablet computer that will cost half the price of the current lowest cost tablet in market.

The tablet manufacturers are already the makers of the “world’s lowest cost tablet,” the UbiSlate 7Ci which costs nearly double at $37.99.

Datawind CEO Suneet Singh Tuli says he envisions the price of Datawind’s lower-end tablet slipping below $20 “within the next year or two,” if not sooner depending growth of revenue from ads and apps.

“This idea is to bridge the digital divide, it’s really that simple, the idea is to overcome the affordability barrier,” said Tuli. “We think as the Scandinavians do that (internet access) is a fundamental human right.”

The company has been working with the Indian government to supply them with low-cost tablets under the name Aakash, to be used for program that aims to get technology into the hands of students.

Datawind is now turning its attention to the North American and the U.K markets to sell the UbiSlate tablets directly to consumers.  The company has been able to keep prices down by selling to consumers through its website and not through retail partners.

Datawind was recently named one of the world’s 50 smartest companies by the MIT Technology Review magazine.

 

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