Oct 6, 2011
It all started from a government official’s initiative to bring the tablet technology to the poor people especially the students. Initially 100,000 of these tablets will be bought from a British company Aircel and will be given to the lucky students (for free) for them to pilot test the device. Each of these tables known as the Aakash will cost the Indian government for a very low price of $35.
“The rich have access to the digital world, the poor and ordinary have been excluded. Aakash will end that digital divide,” Telecoms and Education Minister Kapil Sibal said.
Below are the specifications of Aakash tablet which seems to be more than enough of its price.
- Android 2.2 (Froyo)
- 7-inch resistive touch screen with 800×480 resolution
- 256 MB of RAM
- 32 GB storage
- Expandable memory slot
- 2x USB ports
- Weighs 350 gram
- 12 month warranty
- 2100mAh battery giving 2 – 3 hours of usage
Though some students said that Aakash is far from better compared to iPads, the Aakash might still be an appealing tablet because of its very low price.