On Wednesday, Delhi-based Samy Informatics launched a new smart TV in India at a price of Rs 4,999. The 32-inch Android TV has been manufactured under the “Make in India” and “Start Up India” scheme.
The company on Wednesday went to great lengths to explain that its new TV wasn’t a scam in any way. Samy’s 32-inch smart TV apparently makes use of Make in India initiative benefits to keep the price low. The smart Tv would cost a consumer around Rs 7,000 after shipping and installation costs of Rs 1,200 and a GST of 18%.
Samy Informatics Director Avinash Mehta claimed that the TV is Made in India and has given the employment to more than 200 people. He said, “Our plan is to generate revenue from this. Whenever the customer would switch on the TV, a commercial ad would run and we are trying to generate revenue from this model.”
The television runs on Android 4.4 KitKat operating system and offers a 32-inch HD display with 1366×768 pixel resolution. Connectivity options include 2 HDMI ports and 2 USB ports.
The Samy 32-inch smart TV will only sell via the company’s website. In order to book the TV, consumers will have to download an app from the Google Play Store. Consumers will need to book the TV online which will be delivered to their house directly and the payment can only be made through cash-on-delivery method.
In order to book the 32-inch TV, consumers will have to provide their Aadhaar number while registering for the product to ensure that the TV is not sold to those who sell or buy a TV and its parts.
The Android-powered TV gets up to 3 years of warranty and 1 year of onsite free servicing. After 1 year, the buyer will have to pay for the service charges. Samy will be selling the smart TV on priority to those who book first. The company is resorting to this in order to compensate for the limited stocks initially.