HCL, Mi­cro­max may bid for Aakash 2

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CL In­fos­ys­tems, which re­cently launched two new tablets called CL ME U1 and CL Myedu Tab in In­dia, has expressed will­ing­ness to par­tic­i­pate in the ten­der to man­u­fac­ture Aakash 2. ow­ever, the com­pany also made it clear that it would bid only at a ‘fea­si­ble’ price.

Mi­cro­max also re­cently in­di­cated that it may take part in the bid­ding for the up­graded Aakash ver­sion. Deepak Mehro­tra, CEO, Mi­cro­max said, We will be look­ing at it but our costs can­not come down. We will not com­pro­mise on the ual­ity of our prod­uct. The com­pany has for­ayed into the tablet mar­ket in In­dia with the launch of its rst tablet Pc--fun­book. La­belled as an edu­tain­ment de­vice, the tablet is

said to be com­pletely ‘Made in In­dia’.

Datawind had won the rst round of bid­ding to sup­ply 100,000 Aakash de­vices. The sec­ond round of bid­ding to man­u­fac­ture Aakash 2, the en­hanced ver­sion of the world’s cheap­est tablet PC, should com­mence later in 2012. ow­ever, the gov­ern­ment has not yet dis­closed the tim­ing of the ten­der or the num­ber of tablets to be sup­plied.

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