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India launches Aakash, world's cheapest tablet computer

India has finally launched the world's cheapest tablet that runs on Android 2.2, with a 7-inch resistive display, and shall be available at just Rs 1,500. Read on for more...

gadgets Updated: Oct 05, 2011 19:28 IST
Shayon Pal
Shayon Pal
Hindustan Times

It was about a year ago that KapilSibal had proudly showcased the $35 tablet, Sakshat. And today, an upgrade of the same is finally being made available to the public, christened as Aakash, and it will be the cheapest high-level computing device ever launched in the world.

The tablet has been manufactured by Datawind of Hyderabad and runs on Android 2.2 Froyo. Here are the specifications of the revolutionary tablet.

Operating System: Android 2.2 Froyo

Processor: 366MHz

Display: 7-inch resistive

Dimensions: 190.5x118.5x15.7mm

Market:GetJar (not Android Marketplace)

Connectivity:WiFi, 2 USB 2.0 ports. No 3G

Memory: 256MB RAM

Storage: 2GB (with expandable 32GB Micro SD)

Battery: 2100mAh. Translates to about 3 hours of regular use.

Price:Rs 2,276 (Rs 1,500 for students)

Yes, it is true that the spec sheet of the tablet is not top notch. But it is also important to note that the tablet is not really targeted at the middle and higher echelon of the society. But rather to those who can't even afford a mobile phone that will effectively get them connected to the Internet. And for them, this tablet shall be a boon.

My only concern, where and how will the tablet owners get the WiFi to access the Internet? Is donating the food any good if the beneficiary doesn't even know how to cook?

First Published: Oct 05, 2011 17:11 IST