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Friday, October 7, 2011


The minister of HRD, Communication and IT Mr. Kapil Sibal has been saying for years that he will launch a cheap laptop for students.
Then he announced that this laptop has suddenly become a cheap tablet.

On October 5th, Mr. Kapil Sibal finally unveiled "Aakash" the world's cheapest tablet.
The tablet was formerly known as "Sakshat" but it was changed probably because Aakash is easier to pronounce.
Anyway, here is what Aakash has to offer :

1. Android 2.2 Froyo which is somewhat outdated.

2. A 367 Mhz processor. So its gonna be slow. But it comes with a dedicated Graphics Processing Unit so you can watch HD videos.

3. A 7 inch Resistive LCD touchscreen with a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels. So you will actually have to press the screen instead of just touching it.

4. 256 mb of RAM with 2 gb of internal memory which is okay. You can expand it to 32 gb.

5. WIFI and GPRS mode of connection.

6. 2 USB 2.0 ports which can come in handy.

7. A Nice document Viewer that supports all office docs like PDF, DOC, DOCX, XLS etc.

8. A 2100 MAH battery

The tablet weighs just 350 grams and comes with a One year replacement Guarantee.
Despite of the "Made in India" tag it is actually manufactured In London by DataWind.
This tablet will cost approximately Rs. 1400 for students and Rs. 3000 for other customers on retail.
There is talk of a 3g enabled version of this tablet that will be announced soon but till then you will have to do with Aakash which will hopefully be available for purchase at the end of this month.


SANTY said...

tell me something?
does this has a camera and Bluetooth??
and the usb port provided is enabled to read any pen drive or flash disk??

Krishnan said...

Hello Santy, it has bluetooth but it doesnt have a camera. You will have to wait for the next version. And yes it does support all pen drives.

Keyur said...

Nice post. Sad that it was still manufactured in London.. Y not India, Mr. Sibal?

Krishnan said...

because Sibal is the man who thinks he can censor the internet.!

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