India launches Aakash tablet computer priced at $35!

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    India has launched what it says is the world's cheapest touch-screen tablet computer, priced at just $35 (£23).
    Costing a fraction of Apple's iPad, the subsidised Aakash is aimed at students.
    It supports web browsing and video conferencing, has a three-hour battery life and two USB ports, but questions remain over how it will perform.
    Officials hope the computer will give digital access to students in small towns and villages across India, which lags behind its rivals in connectivity.
    At the launch in the Indian capital, Delhi, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal handed out 500 Aakash (meaning sky) tablets to students who will trial them.
    He said the government planned to buy 100,000 of the tablets. It hopes to distribute 10 million of the devices to students over the next few years.
    "The rich have access to the digital world, the poor and ordinary have been excluded. Aakash will end that digital divide," Mr Sibal said.
    The Aakash has been developed by UK-based company DataWind and Indian Institute of Technology (Rajasthan).
    It is due to be assembled in India, at DataWind's new production centre in the southern city of Hyderabad.
    "Our goal was to break the price barrier for computing and internet access," DataWind CEO Suneet Singh Tuli said.
    "We've created a product that will finally bring affordable computing and internet access to the masses."
    The company says it will also offer a commercial version of the tablet, called UbiSlate. It is expected to hit the shelves later this year, retailing for about $60.
    Usability questions
    Mr Sibal says the device will enhance learning in India.
    Experts say it does have the potential to make a huge difference to the country's education, particularly in rural areas where schools and students do not have access to libraries and up-to-date information.
    But critics say it is too early to say how the Aakash will be received as most cheap tablets in the past have turned out to be painfully slow.
    "The thing with cheap tablets is most of them turn out to be unusable," Rajat Agrawal of technology reviewers BGR India told Reuters news agency.
    "They don't have a very good touch screen, and they are usually very slow."
    Critics also point out that an earlier cheap laptop plan by the same ministry came to nothing.
    In 2009, it announced plans for a laptop priced as low as $10, raising eyebrows and triggering worldwide media interest.
    But there was disappointment after the "Sakshat" turned out to be a prototype of a hand-held device, with an unspecified price tag, that never materialised.

    Now this is something for Indians to be proud of!


    BBC News - India launches Aakash tablet computer priced at $35
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    i want one,where to order?
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    BBC News - India unveils prototype for $35 touch-screen computer

    Dont know your in India yaar find out and let me know!
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    Will be available in stores from November, without subsidy.
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    i heard the price was increase to 38$ but who cares its lot cheaper than its nearest competitor
    well even 60$ is cheap
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    Indian government is back again with its mythical $35 Android tablet and you are going to see a whole new tablet today, not the one which was shown last year.

    It seems the allegations of last tablet being Chinese and several other factors including problems with manufacturing have led Indian Government to go for a totally new tablet, thus so much delay. The new version $35 tablet is being manufactured by a Canadian company Datawind in a Hyderabad plant.

    This tablet will be called Aakash Low Cost Access Device (LCAD) and will be available to students for just INR1750 (Update) after subsidies. According to the rumored specifications, it features Android 2.2, 256 MB RAM, a 2GB SD memory card, and 32 GB expandable memory slot and two USB ports.

    As the press conference is scheduled for later today, we will be bringing you more details after that. Till then check out these images of Akash tablet.
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    http://androidos.in/2011/10/first-look-at-35-tablet-akash-from-india/

    The following images are couple of months old, when it was still in pre-production stage
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    http://trak.in/tags/business/2011/10/03/aakash-mhrds-ultra-low-cost-tablet/
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    Any working demo... Cheap touch screens are normally a pain....I hope it to be usable...
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    Do realize that its targeted at students whose only exposure to the digital world is the advertisement of internet plans that they see on the evening tv at the village chaupal.. Clunkyness of the touch screens is going to be the least of their worries..
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    Specifications:
    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 800x480 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

    The tablet also comes with a 12-month replacement warranty.
    The Aakash tablet also has support for Wi-Fi connectivity and includes a microphone and stereo earphones.
    The Aakash tablet is in fact DataWind's UBISlate 7 tablet. Weighing 350 grams the tablet has 256MB RAM and an internal storage of 2GB Flash memory.
    The tablet will also be commercially available from November at a price of Rs 2999

    http://ibnlive.in.com/news/not-saks...-the-cheapest-tablet-pc-around/190491-11.html
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    it will work very good as internet browser and pdf reader which will help students...but it aint for gaming(good things actually)...processor and ram are small...
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    Congrats to indians for bringing something good into the world so our poor can benefit. well done.
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    Internet too will slow down on a flash site.
    Processor needs to be at least 600 Mhz..
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    Mate who cares? At that price they will simply clear the market. They wont be able to make them quick enough!
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    it has a dedicated HD processor for 1080p videos and Datawind Accelerated web browser supports HD video playback & HD quality video streaming

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    Processor and Battery are the 2 major letdowns.resistive touch screen is still fine for student use (when used with stylus).
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    If you are into flash, then spend more to get more power. This 35$ computer ideal for those who need a basic platform for everyday tasks like spreadsheets, word processing etc.....not really for HD streaming...........can use it to promote IT in the rural areas......
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