The 7" ultra-low-cost tablet is finally a reality.
India's much awaited super-cheap tablet is now officially launched. Originally known as the Sakshat, the device has now been named as Aakash. Manufactured by UK based DataWind, the tablet costs the government Rs 2250 per unit. A total of one lakh units will be acquired initially. During the launch event, the generous HRD MinisterKapil Sibal distributed 500 gadgets in New Delhi.
Aakash is powered by a 366 MHz CPU with graphics accelerator and 256 MB RAM. Its 7" resistive touchscreen display has pixel dimensions of 800x480. Other features include GPRS, Wi-Fi, 3.5 mm jack, USB port, and 32 GB memory card support. The device will run Android 2.2 (Froyo) and will be capable of running 720p videos.
The device will initially be made available to post-secondary students for expected price of Rs 1750. It will also go commercial by end of November, when it is expected to retail at Rs 2999. A keyboard portfolio case for the tablet will also be made available during the commercial launch at an additional cost of Rs 300.