Taking advantage of the growing demand of Tablets in the market, DataWind in association with IIT Rajasthan came up with the World’s cheapest 7-inch tablet: Aakash Tablet. Datawind, the company who will be manufacturing these tablets will begin selling these tablets in retail market by the end of November @ Rs 2999.However, for students this tablet is available at a subsidized price of Rs 1750 by the Government of India. This device was developed focusing on the idea of development of a computing device which is available to all the students across the country at an affordable price conceived by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development.
The tablet has Android 2.2 Froyo operating system with a 7-inch resistive display screen. It has 256MB RAM with an internal storage capacity of 2GB expandable up to 32GB and also has a 2GB Flash Card. However the battery life is small lasting a maximum of 3hrs only. One of the special features of the tablet is the availability of USB ports within the tablet. The device has 2 USB ports. For connectivity, the device has Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g.
The processor however is very slow at 366MHz. However in order to increase its performance, it is equipped with a Graphics accelerator but watching HD Videos may still pose a problem. The browser used in the tablet is UBI Surfer which is supposedly 10 times faster than a normal mobile browser as reported by DataWind. We seriously doubt this claim. The tablet has two buttons one at the side panel which is a power on button and the other on the front panel which is the home button. While there is no inbuilt camera in the tablet, you can connect an external camera by USB.
Though it has an Android Operating System, the tablet doesn’t come with Android Marketplace support. Getjar is installed as a substitute. So a lot of cool Android apps will be out of reach of students.
The government intends to deliver 10 million tablets to post-secondary students across India @ Rs 1,750 per unit.
Overall considering the price of the tablet and its specifications, the tablet is quite attractive. The small size and light weight of just 350gm make it convenient to carry the device thus adding to its portability and compactness.
You can preorder your Aakash tablet at http://www.aakashtablet.com/