DataWind developed the world’s cheapest tablet, Aakash and is now partnering with Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Communications (RCOM) to launch the world’s most affordable smartphone – priced at Rs 999 – by the end of 2015 reports ET Telecom. The smartphone, which will be offered with one year free internet browsing has a Linux OS and is expected to be launched on Dhirubhai Ambani’s birth anniversary – December 28. Suneet Singh Tuli, chief executive officer of Canada-based DataWind said,
We want to replace feature phones with low-cost smartphones and hope to shrink the feature phone market base to 5-10% from the existing 60-70% in the next one to two years.”
DataWind is taking advantage of the current slide in processor prices and is in talks with Chinese and Taiwanese chipmakers to leverage the situation.