Aakash: The Cheapest Android Tablet launched by the Indian Government

Union Ministry for Human Resource Development today officially unveiled Aakash Android tablet, which is famously knows as the $35 tablet. This tablet has been developed and manufactured by Datawind in association with IIT Rajasthan and NME-ICT.

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Here is the Specifications for Aakash the $35 Indian Tablet:

Hardware:

– Processor: 366 Mhz. Connexant with Graphics accelerator and HD Video processor

– Memory (RAM): 256MB RAM / Storage (Internal): 2GB Flash

– Storage (External): 2GB to 32GB Supported

– Peripherals (USB2.0 ports, number): 1 Standard USB port

– Audio out: 3.5mm jack / Audio in: 3.5mm jack

– Display and Resolution: 7″ display with 800×480 pixel resolution

– Input Devices: Resistive touch screen

– Connectivity and Networking: GPRS and WiFi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g

– Power and Battery: Up to 180 minutes on battery. AC adapter 200-240 volt range.

 

Software:

– OS: Android 2.2

– Document Rendering

* Supported Document formats: DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, ODT, ODP

* PDF viewer, Text editor

– Multimedia and Image Display

* Image viewer supported formats: PNG, JPG, BMP and GIF

* Supported audio formats: MP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, WMA

* Supported video formats: MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, FLV

– Communication and Internet

* Web browser – Standards Compliance: xHTML 1.1 compliant, JavaScript 1.8 compliant

* Separate application for online YouTube video

– Safety and other standards compliance

* CE certification / RoHS certification

Several features like GPRS, Camera have been included to get it down to the $35 price tag. A keyboard portfolio case for the tablet will also be made available during the commercial launch at an additional cost of Rs 300.

The Indian Government is buying 1 lac (100,000) units on a pilot basis from the manufacturer Datawind for a price of INR 2250.00 ($45), which will be given to post-secondary students at a lower price. Government is planning to price it at INR 1750.00 ($35).

Commercial Launch

Datawind will also be launching the tablet commercially for retail consumers with added benefits like cellular connectivity and would be selling it for INR 2,999.00 ($60). The retails sales will start in November as Datawind Ubislate.

 

We think, it will be in each and every household say in a year or two, just like the iPad being in almost every American home.

 

The DNetWorks Team