More than 14lacs (14.1lacs approx) Aakash tablets have been booked since it first came out for online sale on 16th December ’11, told Mr. Suneet Tuli, CEO of Datawind.
He further added that, overflowing demands forced Datawind to change its manufacturing plans for the cheapest tablet, Aakash.
Aakash was first scheduled to develop in Hyderabad but soaring prices tempted Datawind to start 2 more plants, one at Cochin and the other one at Noida. Plants at Cochin and Noida will become functional by April ’12.
Notably, Datawind is also setting plans to manufacture about 70-75k tablets each day to quench the tablet need for pre-booked customers.
Note: Datawind has heaps of pre-booked orders placed by colleges and online buyers. Till 28th Dec ’11, Government has received just 10,000 out of the total 1lac orders placed by colleges and universities across the country.
The introductory price of the tablet was Rs 2500, which is less than the tagged price of Rs 3000. Price of the tablet on pre-booking is same, but exclude an additional shipping charge of Rs 200.
With good configuration and lower price, Aakash tablet is bound to be a successful gadget, and the sales and pre-booking figures are much more than what Datawind expected.