Aakash: $35 tablet launched in India, world’s cheapest tablet, specs revealed

By on Oct 5, 2011 in Asia, Tablet, Technology Comments

Aakash, the $35 tablet computer was launched in India on Wednesday, October 05, 2011, which is being dubbed as the world’s cheapest tablet, with its specs also revealed.


Indian students, showing their free Aakash
Image Credit: PTI

As noted at Times of India on Wednesday, the $35 tablet computer, known as Aakash, was launched that day as promised earlier by the country’s Human Resources Department (HRD) minister, Kapil Sibal.

According to the report, the Indian government will be buying the first units of the device for Rs 2250 each from DataWind, a British company that will assemble the Aakash, which means ‘sky’ in English.

DataWind noted that Aakash cost would drop when mass production starts, which will also be available in Indian market in November for Rs 2999, and the government will not provide subsidy.

A pilot run of 100,000 units will initially be given to students for free, with Sibal, who is also the minister of Communications and Information Technology of India, distributed free 500 units during the launch.

Later, Aakash will be sold to Indian students for a subsidized price of Rs. 1700 ($35), with the Indian government aiming to help students particularly those living in small towns and villages.

The ‘world’s cheapest tablet‘ reportedly comes with a 7-inch resistive touch screen with 800×480 resolution, weighs about 350 gram, and will run at Android 2.2 operating system.

Aakash has a 256 MB of RAM, a 32-GB expandable memory slot and two USB ports; has standard 3.5 mm. headphones jack, and a 2100mAh battery which can reportedly last for 2-3 hours.

In addition, the $35 tablet computer will have a one-year replacement warranty and supports formats like DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPTX, among others. A 5-inch and 9-inch touch screen model will also be available.

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