The least priced tablet so far — Aakash is all set to have a competitor of sorts in the form of a new tablet Reliance has planned to come up with. Interestingly, the tablet is set to be manufactured by the same Canada based company DataWind that right now is contracted to manufacture the Aakash. However, the tablet will be better than the Aakash in that it will be 4G enabled and is being planned to be priced at around Rs. 4000 to Rs. 5000.
Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO of DataWind confirmed the development saying: “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.”
If that’s the way things turn out then the upcoming Reliance tablets will be the cheapest 4G enabled so far, with almost 75 percent price advantage against 4G tablet offerings from other companies such as HTC, Samsung and so on.
However, while a 4G tablet with a low initial cost is always welcome, there sure will be concerns of the tablet’s quality as well as the overall user experience with it. But then, if Reliance can score on these, it surely will have a winner in its hands. There has been no official comment available from Reliance on this though.