India's $35 tablet project hits snag

India will invite companies to bid again for its Aakash budget tablet project, after complaints of poor performance and hiccups in rollout of pilot model.

Indian authorities are revising their ambitions over the country's Aakash budget tablet project, after the pilot run missed expectations. The government plans to launch a new tender and is also considering raising the price from $35 to $50.

In a report today, Indian Express said the country's Union Human Resource Development Ministry was looking at upgrading specifications for the tablet, including a "capacitive" touch-screen display.

The news daily cited a "highly placed official" who revealed that the ministry had so far been insisting on a $35 price tag, but now plans to revise the upper ceiling to $50 for the new version, tentatively called Aakash 2.

Read more of "India's $35 tablet project hits snag" at ZDNet Asia.

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