India Launches Worlds Cheapest Android Tablet - Aakash

Android is everywhere, whether its a high end Tablet/smart phone or an entry level smart phone. Today Android gets one more golden mark with world`s cheapest tablet Aakash, launched by Indian government. We have just done a quick review on hardware, features and performance.

To give you a little background, Aakash is cheapest tablet PC launched by Indian government. This tablet is assembled by a British company DataWind. There will be two versions of tablet-

Government version - Aakash, which will cost $45 to government and government will subsidize it to $35 for students
Commercial version - Ubislate,little bit higher than student version and will cost around $50

Technical Specs / Specifications of Aakash version Android tablet
  • No GPRS connectivity or camera
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • 7-inch resistive touch screen with 800x480 resolution
  • weighs 350 gram
  • 256 MB of RAM
  • 32 GB expandable memory slot
  • Two USB ports.
  • 12-month replacement warranty
  • Doc supports formats DOC, DOCX, PDF and PPTX etc.
  • Standard 3.5 mm headphones jack.
  • 2100mAh battery (Lasts for 2-3 hours depending on the usage)
  • Some pre-loaded apps, however, lacks the Android Market Place.

Ubislate version of Tab will have GPRS & 3G connectivity.

Availability of World`s cheapest Aakash Tablet
Initially 100,000 units will be given to students for free as a part of pilot run from Indian government. The tablet will be commercially available from November for Rs 2999 (appx . $60). The commercial version of the tablet would have no duty waivers or subsidy, as in the government's version and come with added features like an inbuilt cellular modem and SIM to access internet.


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