Aakash, India’s much hyped Android based tablet, has been finally launched by the Indian Government, which has been dubbed as the “world’s cheapest tablet.”
Aakash has been priced at $35 (Rs.1800) with government subsidies to students and commercial price has been set at $60 (Rs.2999) in stores.
Below are the main features of Aakash:
- It runs on Android 2.2 (Froyo)
- 366MHz Connexant CPU with Graphics accelerator and HD Video processor
- 7-inch resistive touchscreen with 800×480 resolution
- It has got 2 USB ports, has 256MB of RAM and 32GB internal memory, expandable via microSD
- It has 2100mAh battery which can reportedly last for 2-3 hours
- It comes with a 12-month replacement warranty
- It comes with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.
- For connectivity to internet, it has got a 802.11 a/b/g WiFi chip and a GPRS modem
- It supports formats like DOC, DOCX, PDF and PPTX etc.
- Supported audio formats: MP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, WMA
- Supported video formats: MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, FLV
- It weighs 350 grams
- Price – $35 (Rs 1800) with govt. subsidies; $60 (Rs 2900) commercially in stores
The government has partnered with DataWind, a small British company which is supplying Aakash tablets (which is actually UBISlate 7) to Indian govt. at Rs. 2250 per tablet. In its pilot run, Indian Government is going to give 100,000 of these to the students for free during the launch period.
The reaction for the first 500 tablets released received a mixed response, as some complained that they are slow. But, what my take on this tablet is that, as we use laptops running on Intel Core i7 processors, iPhone and iPad, we can notice the difference.
Imagine, when this tablet will actually be used by a student in a government school who has never accessed these powerful machines and has either seen computers in magazines or their curriculum books or AT BEST, in a Cyber Cafe, it is a life changing device for them.
I hope this reaches the students in the far fled areas with no connectivity to the digital world and solve the purpose for which it is being launched and is not only lying with the kids of Indian netas 😉
It will be commercially available from November 2011 at the price of Rs 2999.
Read more here: UBISlate 7 | Aakash Android Tablet
What do you think about this tablet? Do you plan to grab one when it becomes available commercially?