The mystery tablet, claimed to be world's cheapest tablet PC running on android, is now available for Indians. This tablet was launched by HRD minister Kapil Sibbal and it is branded as "Aakash
" for Indian market. The first lot of 7000 of Aakash will be distributed in schools and colleges across India in coming days. Indian government is planning to distribute 1 crore (10 million) such tablets in near future.
If you are wondering what is inside this world's cheapest tablet; this tablet is running on android 2.2 (Froyo) and runs on a 366 MHz processor . This tablet has dedicated graphics accelerator. Screen size of Aakash is 7 inches and it has resistive multitouch screen. Screen resolution of device is 800x480 pixels. This android tablet has 256 MB of RAM and 2 GB of internal flash memory. There is a microSD slot which can be used to increase storage up to 32 GB. Also there is a micro USB slots.
Commercial availability of aakash tablet
is expected to be in November. Retail price of this tablet is Rs 2990 ($60)
. Actually there will be a cheaper model available which will not have SIM functionality and will not have internet modem capability. This cheaper model will only have WiFi connectivity. This cheaper model will cost you Rs 2025 ($45) .
Here is detailed specification of Aakash
- Processor - 366 Mhz.
- Dedicated Graphics accelerator and HD Video processor
- Memory - 256MB RAM / Storage (Internal): 2GB Flash
- Storage 2GB internal to 32GB Supported (MicroSD)
- 1 Standard USB port
- 3.5mm jack / Audio in - 3.5mm jack
- Display and Resolution - 7" display with 800x480 pixel resolution
- Screen - Resistive touch screen
- Connectivity and Networking - GPRS and WiFi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g
- Power and Battery: Up to 3 hours on battery.
- OS - Android 2.2
- Supported Document formats: DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, ODT, ODP
- PDF viewer, Text editor
- Supported audio formats: MP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, WMA
- Supported video formats: MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, FLV
One thing that is pretty mysterious about this tablet is the company that has got contract to manufacture these tablets for Indian Government. Earlier there were reports that a team from IIT and IISc is designing and testing prototypes of this tablet. Now it has been reported that a small company from UK named Datawind is manufacturing this tablet. Datawind do make some of cheap tablets. You can check its website here
. It is being reported that Aakash is actually Ubislate
tablet manufactured (read assembled) by Datawind. If you think about the volume of these tablets (1 crore ) that Indian Government is planning to distribute, things start smelling fishy already.
whatever be the case, Indian students will surely get benefited from these tablets. Also this will cause a deeper penetration of internet among Indian population.
What do you think about Aakash ? Will this scheme meet success and actually benefit students? do let us know by commenting here.