Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Aakash - India's $35 Tablet

The big news yesterday was the launch of what appears to be the world's cheapest tablet that runs on Android from India - costs only $35 to buy thanks to the India Government for sponsoring the first 100,000 of these units for a trial run program in bringing technology & computers to the poor. 

At first, the Aakash tablet which means "Sky" is available for Indian Students only and there'll be a commercial version of it soon called "UbiSlate" costing around $70 which is still dead cheap considering the Amazon Kindle Fire costs $199. But if you take a look at the specs of Aakash tablet, you'll know that it is a very low-end extreme budget tablet and don't expect to be playing Fruit Ninja or even Angry birds on this one:

  • Android 2.2
  • 7 Inch Resistive Screen
  • 366 Mhz Processor with HD Video Co-Processor
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 2 GB Flash Memory +  2 GB microSD (Expandable up to 32 GB)
  • 2 USB ports
  • WIFI Connectivity with GPRS and 3G options

At that price point I guess you can't complaint but the resistive screen will prove a challenge to navigate around the tablet especially when most tablets have capacitive screens. But remember, the price is $35 which is why the specs had to be watered down to bring this device to the masses. Will it succeed? Only time will tell.

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