Aakash 2 tablet made in China ?

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  1. LurkerBaba

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    Documents reviewed by HT show DataWind founders and NRI brothers Suneet and Raja Singh Tuli may have procured these devices off-the-shelf from manufacturers in China for $42 ( Rs. 2,263 then), exactly the price at which they sold these to the Indian government.

    DataWind bought more than 10,000 or more "A 13" made-in-China tablets from at least four manufacturers in Shenzhen and Hong Kong between October 26 and November 7.

    These were shipped to India duty-free as they were meant for school students under an HRD ministry programme.

    Last year, Canada-based DataWind won a bid to supply 100,000 low-cost computing devices to students. Aakash 2, which is meant to be India-made, is part of that agreement.

    DataWind had no role either in the design or manufacturing of Aakash 2 tablets, a source said.

    Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO of DataWind however insisted that the current Aakash 2 is designed by his firm.

    "For the first 10,000 units for IIT, and for expediency sake we had the motherboards manufactured in one of our Chinese subcontractor’s facilities And then the units have been ‘kitted’ in China at various manufacturers for expediency, whereas the final assembly and programming has happened in India. We finished this batch of 10,000 units and delivered them to IIT and will be starting another batch of 20,000 units for them in two weeks," Tuli said in an e-mail response to HT.


    DataWind's manufacturing partner in Hyderabad --- VMC Systems---had not built any device over the last couple of months, said a source. Its manufacturing partners and facilities in Delhi and Amritsar, respectively, too, had not produced even a single tablet over the last couple of months, the source said.


    “Instead of manufacturing these low-cost tablets themselves… DataWind has simply purchased these 'off-the-shelf' from China and supplied it to the Indian government,” the source told HT, requesting not to be identified.


    Conned: Aakash 2 made in China? - Hindustan Times

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  3. lcatejas

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    Its all because of our ------- ministers.. how waste tax payers money in the name of subsidy...
     
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    blank_quest Senior Member Senior Member

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    :) Every day I pray to god ..Please give India a "capable Leader" and not "Remote Controlled BOT", lets not regress to become an outsourced consumer.Its was just some gussa against kangress ( @LurkurBaba ) so don't mind :D
     
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    Heheh.... Funny Story

    Conned: Aakash 2 made in China?:hail::hail:
     
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    Re: Heheh.... Funny Story


    A smart way to avoid import tax, I am wondering how Chinese manufacturer make any money on it?
     
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    A chauhan "अहिंसा परमो धर्मः धर्म हिंसा तथैव च: l" Senior Member

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    And what Indian poor students will do with that tablet? they will watch porn if possible :D as Internet lacks Hindi study materials useful for the students!
     
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    Not much profit but enough for these contractor. After all, they sign the deal with free will.
    We should thank our indian friends for this business opportunity and hope them will come back again.:wave:
     
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    Rage DFI TEAM Stars and Ambassadors

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    Uh?? Sorry to burst all the premature superciliousness here, but here's an official rebuttal from Datawind Corp:

    AFP: Aakash tablet not cheap Chinese import: DataWind
     
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    This piece of info was present in the earlier article too

    PR talk. Would it be manufactured in India or not ?

    The Operating System is Android which is freely available. What "mechanical parts" does he refer to when he's "subcontracting manufacturing" ?

    Wow, so India is simply assembling them ? What about the next batch of kits ? Will we be assembling them or will we manufacture them ?

    Highly disappointing.
     
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    @LurkerBaba,

    From the article, it seems like only the first 10,000 units were partially manufactured in China for the purpose of 'expeditiousness'.

    It seems also that the reason for this is because Datawind had a fallout with its domestic partner, Quad Electronics, in Andhra Pradesh and had to rope in another firm, VMC:- which was still installing and ramping up capacity at the time the batch was due.
     
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    roma NRI in Europe Senior Member

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    no such fears man ...... they have clarified else where that prc was comissioned to d o some of the subassemblies , but the major part and hitech is indian designed and fabricated - no worries about that to be sure here it is in english for those who dont read in french ...oirg in french from AFP

    Aakash tablet not cheap Chinese import: DataWind - Yahoo! News Singapore
     
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    For politicians and their cohorts - country goes to hell.....to make money they will sell their mothers for money leave alone getting everything done in china and claim it to be Indian....this is the situation of our 'secular' country!
     
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    Business is business. We still thanks for the contract and welcome back in the future.:wave:
     
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    I dont know why govt. is putting so much effort on it simply they can contract with Reliance to dump these cachra in india from China..
     
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    The product was crappy, hence it was obvious..
     
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    Why so much fuss on akash 2 being Chinese ??because its made under sadar company?? is it conspiracy against sardar?

    Even I-pad and I-phone are also made in china but they never called Chinese product. Why akash




    some people cant tolerate this

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    There is nothing wrong with the tablet being made in china, they are telling that it is entirely made in India but getting it done by someone in China.

    Iphone mentions "Designed in california, assembled in china".
     
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    As we all know chinis hardware is cheapest in the world even all 90% electronic manufactures around the world uses them.

    They have to pick few Chinese components to reduce cost. Ab 35$ me sardar ki jaan loge kya


    true I-phone are designed in ammerika and assembled in china but did anybody create controversy that i phone is chinis??
     
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    great way of making a point without even a word

    only improvement i can suggest is that instead of the icon showing the "components secured globally" showing the western hemisphere it should be showing the eastern hemisphere , especially the china region ? .....perhaps that might improve the accuracy of the situation , even for akash-2 model of year 2013
     
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