Being the world's cheapest tablet, the credibility of the smart gadget is still in question. Is it really made in India? The Times of India has published a report on $42 gadget Akash 2.
about 12,000 devices-A13 model designed by AllWinner Tech of China-were procured by Datawind, the supplier selected by IIT-Bombay, which is implementing the Aakash project on behalf of India's ministry of human resources development. This was done just weeks before the launch date.
Here is another point to be noted:
tablets were shipped to India by Kalong Technology Co. Ltd, Dasen International Electronics Co Ltd and Kalong Technology Co Ltd. Interestingly, IIT-Bombay is learnt to have issued a certificate dated October 29 for importing about 20,000 tablets into India, and recommended import duty waiver, just days before the launch of Aakash 2.
Datawind sold the Chinese-made devices to government branding them as Aakash 2, at a price of Rs 2263 each.