Datawind, the manufacturer of low-cost Android tablets in the country under Aakash brand, is back in business. And this time, they’re looking at affordable smartphones priced under $50 (Rs 3,000 approx).
The company would roll out devices with 2G and 3G connectivity support, wherein the former will be cheaper than the latter. As quoted in the report, Suneet Singh Tuli the man behind Datawind has openly talked up the prospect of making phones under Rs 2,000 with free Internet, for one year atleast.
The average price of a quality smartphone in India still revolves around Rs 5,000 pricing. However, Tuli thinks that the price of smartphones would drop to the pricing of a ‘feature phone’; and this could probably happen in 2015.
The affordable Datawind phone in all likelihood would sport a 4-inch display (resolution not known), and would come with a quad-core CPU running on Android 4.4 KitKat version out-of-box. Google’s ploy of making KitKat less hardware hungry is probably encouraging phone manufacturers to make low-priced phones with latest software in a tow.
Having said that, Datawind didn’t really light up the tablet space with Aakash or its Ubislate series that were deemed affordable. So, the company needs to make sure that this time around, their phones are capable and competent enough to ensure that ‘feature phone’ users happily upgrade to smartphones.