The day has dawned, the coming of this tablet was written in the books, and now it has become a reality. Well, it wasn’t actually written in any book, but the HRD Minister did make a big fuss about this back in 2010 when it was first announced. We’ve been really interested in this gadget that supposedly runs Android OS and has a 7-inch screen. We’ve also been covering about this topic from time to time, all the roadblocks that it faced and so on. It was however, announced recently that the tablet will be launched today, October 5, in India.
It has been launched, but not much details about the tablet is found anywhere on the internet, there isn’t an official Press Release too. There will be one soon, but let me tell you the few details that I have managed to dig about this $35 Android tablet. Aakash, the $35 Android Tablet launched today by HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, is a 7-inch touchscreen device with physical buttons and manufactured by Canadian company Datawind.
There’s another interesting fact about this $35 Android tablet. It doesn’t cost $35. Apparently, due to the increase in the exchange rate of U.S dollar and warranty, transportation etc the price of the tablet went up to $49.98. However, even for that price, that’s a sweet deal, even if the tablet doesn’t match up to any other in the same category. It’s all about how much of this will sell, the main initiative behind making this tablet is to let everyone in India own and experience a piece of technology, likes of which will cost in ten thousands.
Some technical features;
- Runs on Android 2.2 FroYo
- 7-inch Resistive touchscreen
- Two full sized USB ports and a micro SD card slot
- 3.5mm headphone jack and a DC in port.
- 366MHz processor, HD video processor and 2GB on board flash storage.
- can play full HD videos at 1080p has Wi-Fi
- Battery backup is a bummer!! 3-4 hours on a full charge.