Today, the much awaited Aakash tablet ($35 tablet) has been released by Kapil Sibal (HRD minister) at an event in New Delhi, India. British-based company, Datawind has combined with IIT Rajasthan & NME-ICT to develop and manufacture this tablet. Aakash tablet will be sold to students at the subsidized price Rs 1,750 ($35) to develop digital access in the country. This Android based touchscreen tablet is the cheapest tablet in the world.
To bring Aakash tablet in the $35 price tag, many features such as Camera, GPRS have been discarded. The tablet is aspired to connect 25,000 colleges and 400 universities via e-learning programme. Government is acquiring 100,000 tablets for $45 (Rs 2,250) per unit from the manufacturer, which will be available to post-secondary students at Rs 1,750 ($35). It supports DOC, DOCX, PDF and PPTX formats as well as runs on Android 2.2. It also comes with cellular modem which let the users to make calls and access data.
It also features Wi-Fi internet access, 7 inch color LCD/TFT screen, video conferencing, 180 minutes of battery power, 3.5 mm headphones jack, 366 MHZ processor, 256MB RAM, 2 USB ports, media player and 32GB expandable memory. Commercially, Aakash tablet will be accessible in November as “Datawind Ubislate” at Rs 2,999 with additional features like cellular connectivity. 12 month replacement warranty will be given to the users.
Video of Aakash tablet for just Rs 1,750 from youtube: