Summary Box: Thailand delays tablets decision

STAY TUNED: Thailand’s Cabinet has delayed a decision on awarding a contract to a little-known Chinese company to supply 900,000 tablet computers for students in the first year of primary school.

THE REASON: Thailand’s prime minister says further study on the deal’s details was needed and says a delay doesn’t imply any problem.

THE BIDS: Thailand is favoring Shenzhen Scope Scientific Development Co. Ltd., which had the lowest-bid price of $81 each. Three other Chinese companies, Huawei, TCL and Haier, were also bidders. Huawei’s proposal was the most costly at $135 per tablet.