Bringing the internet to the masses.
The Indian Ministry of Human Development has launched their promised ‘budget’ table, called the ‘Aakash’ tablet, which will be sold for Rs. 2,999 (AED 220/$60). The Indian government, however, will be selling the Aakash tablet to students at a discounted price of Rs. 1,700 ($35).
Created by the Canadian firm Datawind, the 7″ Aakash tablet uses a Connexant 366MHz CPU, 256MB of RAM and 2GB of internal storage. There’s a USB slot plus MicroSD card slot as well for extra storage. The screen has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels with an estimated battery life of 3 hours. Aakash will be running Android 2.2 (Froyo) with WiFi 802.11 a/b/g and internet connectivity via GPRS.
Students show the Aakash tablet. Source: AP
The actual cost of the Aakash was originally slated to be roughly half of what it is right now, but even still, at this price point the tablet should be affordable by millions of people within India. Students, especially, and those living in rural areas will benefit greatly as the tablet will be able to connect to the internet as long as there’s a cellular signal. Ultimately, the Aakash achieves the primary objective of tablets, i.e. to provide cheap computing power and internet connectivity to the masses.