Aakash: The World’s cheapest tablet for only $35!
Published on October 6th, 2011
India recently unveiled world’s cheapest tablet called Aakash. See specs and details
Today, the world’s cheapest tablet called Aakash, an answer to India’s poverty, was introduced in New Delhi. The cheap tablet was unveiled by the Indian Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Kapil Sibal. The Aakash tablet is insanely priced for around $35 USD only.
Aakash, the 7-inch touch screen tablet, comes from the Hindi word meaning Sky. It is made/manufactured by a not-so-popular UK based company called Datawind and Indian Institute of Technology Rajasthan.
Although the tablet has a very very cheap price, it is expected that it has lesser features and capabilities compared to iPad 2, Kindle, Galaxy Tab and other big tablets out there.
It can do basic task like word document processing, web browsing, video conferencing and the likes. See Aakash tablet specs below.
Aakash Tablet Specifications:
OS: Android 2.2 (Froyo)
Video: Connexant with Graphics accelerator and HD Video processor
Display: 7″ resistive touch screen (800×480 pixels)
Memory: 256MB RAM
Storage: 2GB flash memory + 2GB Micro SD
Expandable Storage: Micro SD up to 32GB
Connectivity: WiFi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/c and GPRS
Connectors: 2 standard USB and 3.5mm audio jack
Dimension: 190.5 x 118.5 x 15.7 mm
Battery life: up to 180 minutes
Aakash Tablet Features:
Supports the following document formarts – DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, ODT, ODP and many more
Image formats: PNG, JPG, BMP and GIF
Audio formats: MP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, WMA
Video formats: MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, FLV
Has PDF viewer and text editor
Games, Full office suite, educational softwares
Web browsing, Youtube, Email, Facebook and more
Can make and receive voice calls
Based on the specs above, Aakash is not that powerful and speedy, and may not be suitable to perform multitasking. But it can perform most of the basic functions. It can deliver what the students need at the same time offer a very very affordable price.
India intends to make 100,000 Aakash tablets for pilot testing and is planning to deliver 10 million more tablets across India.