NewDelhi: The much awaited India'sultra-low-cost tablet is finally here. The much talked-about $35 tablethas been branded Aakash, and not Sakshat as reported earlier.
Theinitial cost at which thegovernment is acquiring one lakh units the tablet PC from DataWind is Rs 2250 per unit. The target price at which the government intends toacquire an additional 1 crore units is the previously publicised Rs1750 per unit.
Poweredby Android 2.2 (Froyo)and a 366 Mhz processor the 7-inch tablet has a resistive touch screen.The Aakash tablet is in fact DataWind's UBISlate 7 tablet. Weighing 350grams the tablet has 256MB RAM and an internal storage of 2GB Flashmemory.
Thetablet will also becommercially available from November at a price of Rs 2999. A cellularmodem will be the additional feature in the commercial model. Someunits of the tablet PC were also distributed to the students present atthe launch event in New Delhi. The device will initially be madeavailable to post-secondary students.
TheAakash tablet also hassupport for Wi-Fi connectivity and includes a microphone and stereoearphones. The tablet also comes with a 12-month replacement warranty.The device was first showcased in back in July 2010. The tabletsupports additional external memory up to 32 GB and includes an USBport.
(You will only be able tocharge the device through a dedicated DC in. The 2100mAh battery willlast for two or three hours depending on use.)
Akeyboard portfolio case forthe tablet will also be made available during the commercial launch atan additional cost of Rs 300.
(You do have the option topurchase a carrying case for the device that also supports a keyboard.This will cost you an additional Rs. 300 in the retail market.)