The much awaited android Tablet “Aakash” which is the world’s cheapest android tablet ($35) is launched in India. The Union Minister for Human Resource and Development, Kapil Sibal launched the Aakash Tablet in New Delhi (Oct. 5,2011). This cheapest tablet computer is completely aimed at delivering latest technology to help common people to enjoy the fruits of technology.
It is reported that the new tablet will be sold to students at a price of approx Rs. 1720($35) to accelerate digital media access across the country. The minister announced that the tablet will primarily be offered in a quick run of 1,00,000 pieces prior to being rolled out to secondary students over the coming few months.
For teachers and students, the government subsidies assure a price tag of $35. The manufacturer Datawind is planning the commercial release of the Aakash android tablet where it will be sold for INR 2,999. The London based manufacturer DataWind, will be launching the commercial version UBSLATE with added functionalities like SIM (to access the internet) and an in-built cellular modem.
Both the commercial and subsidized version of the cheapest tablet, will run on the Google’s Android platform, with cloud storage and WiFi connectivity. The tablets will have two USB ports along with 256 MB of RAM and a 32 GB expandable memory slot.
Aakash Tablet Specifications
The Aakash tablet specs can be briefed as:
- Resistive touch screen (7″)
- Pixel resolution(800×480)
- Android 2.2 Froyo
- 350 gm weight
- 366MHz processor
It is a bitter fact that Aakash will not come with access to the Android Marketplace. It will have the Ubisoft browser which is expected to access the web pages considerably.
The new tablet is manufactured in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Rajasthan). The commercial version is expected be launched within 60 days. Without any Chinese help, the tablet is completely manufactured in the country. This is considered to be an ultra-field trial and with the success of this operation, the government is palnning to give 10 million Aakash tablets at an affordable price of $35/unit.
The UbiSlate will be available in the retail stores from November for an attractive price of $60 (Rs. 2999). This is a much appreciable move from the Indian government and a boon to the poor students.