After about 4 years of development and several delays, India has launched a Table just for $35 USD to become the Cheapest Tablet in the World. This Tablet is named as “Aakash” which translates to “sky”. Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Human Resourced Development launched Aakash Tablet and it will be sold to students at the subsidized price of $35 (approx Rs. 1720) to expand digital access across India.
This will be free for students and will be part of a pilot project in India that provides for the distribution of 100 000 units. It has been developed and manufactured by British-based company Datawind in association with IIT Rajasthan and NME-ICT. The tablet will come in two versions. The DataWind Ubislate be available at retail stores for 2999 Rs, or about $60, and it will feature a cellular modem and SIM card slot.
The tablet will have a 366MHz processor from Connexant, supported by 256MB of RAM and 2GB of internal memory. The 7-inch display has a resolution of 800×480 pixels, and will be co-managed by the graphics processor can also play back HD video. The connectivity includes 2 USB ports, audio jack and a microSD reader, while the operating system chosen is Froyo Android 2.2, but will not give access to the Android Market. Thanks to the integrated battery, Aakash Tablet will run uninterrupted for 3 hours maximum.
Aakash Technical Specifications:
- Processor: 366 Mhz.
- Memory (RAM): 256MB RAM / Storage (Internal): 2GB Flash
- Storage (External): 2GB to 32GB Supported
- Peripherals (USB2.0 ports, number): 1 Standard USB port
- 3.5mm jack / Audio in: 3.5mm jack
- 7″ display with 800×480 pixel resolution
- Touch screen
- GPRS and WiFi
- Power and Battery: Up to 180 minutes on battery. AC adapter 200-240 volt range.
- OS: Android 2.2
- Supported Document formats: DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, ODT, ODP
- PDF viewer, Text editor
- Multimedia and Image Display
- Image viewer supported formats: PNG, JPG, BMP and GIF
- Supported audio formats: MP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, WMA
- Video formats: MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, FLV
Despite the good intentions of the Government of India, therefore, the Aakash Tablet and DataWind Ubislate Tablet will come at a price higher than $ 35 originally planned, but according to reports from the executives did not rule out a lower cost of sales in the future. Both the tablet will be on sale in late October, but those interested can pre-order it already.