World’s Cheapest Android Tablet ‘Aakash’ Launched In India

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The much awaited world's cheapest $35 android Tablet is finally launched in India dubbed as Aakash developed by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Rajasthan).

Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Human Resourced Development launched Aakash Tablet and it will be sold to students at the subsidized price of $35 (approx Rs.1720) to expand digital access across India.

Speaking on the launch of Tab, Minister  Kapil Sibal  announced that the "Aaksh Tablet" will initially be available in a pilot run of 1,00,000 units before being rolled out to millions of secondary students over the next few months. The tablets will be distributed state-wise and each state will get 3000 units in first phase. This device was also distributed among 500 children on the occasion.

Powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo) the 7-inch tablet has a resistive multi touch screen and Conexant CPU with HD Video and accelerated graphics.

Manufactured by London (UK) based DataWind, branded as UBSLATE and renamed as the Aakash tablet weighs 350 grams and has 256 MB of RAM and 32 GB expandable memory slot and two USB ports. The tablet also has support for Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g connectivity and includes a microphone and stereo earphones. It comes with one year replacement warranty.

Apart from WiFi connectivity the device includes support for optional 2G/3G USB modems. Two full-sized USB ports are integrated into the unit allowing pen-drives, external keyboards, web-cams, dongles and other inexpensive peripherals to be attached. “Pen drives are a common medium for storing and sharing content in India. They are even used by people that are not computer savvy, for access to music and videos. A full sized USB ports allowing regular pen-drives to be plugged-in is also available as an added advantage over other Tablets.

A key accessory offered with the Aakash tablet by DataWind, is the Leather Keyboard Case.  The leather case not only protects the device, but has an integrated keyboard case allowing fast typing and conversion of the device as a small notebook.

A keyboard portfolio leather case for the Aakash Tablet will be made available during the premium version launch at an additional cost of Rs 300 by November 2011.

Minister for HRD, Communications and IT, Mr. Kapil Sibal launching the "Aakash" Low Cost Android Tablet


According to DataWind, the premium version of Aakash Tablet inbuilt cellular modem (GSM) or SIM card slot which will be absent in the $35 (Rs.1720) device, supplied to the Government of India and it will be available at retail stores across India at MRP of Rs. 2999 by the end of October 2011 or November first week. For more details dial 1800-180-2180 or visit /

"Aakash" Tab Launch Event Video By Associated Press :

" Aakash " Android Tab Specifications :
Processor:366 Mhz. Connexant with Graphics accelerator and HD Video processor
Memory256MB RAM / Storage (Internal): 2GB Flash 

External : 2GB to 32GB Supported

USBUSB2.0 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: 2G GPRS and WiFi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g
Power and Battery:2100mAh, AC adapter 200-240 volt range.
OS:Android 2.2 (Froyo)
Supported Document formats:DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, ODT, ODP, 

PDF viewer, Text editor

Image formatsImage viewer supported formats: PNG, JPG, BMP and GIF
Supported audio formatsMP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, WMA
Supported video formats:MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, FLV
Web browser -xHTML 1.1 compliant, JavaScript 1.8 compliant
Video AppSeparate application for online YouTube video

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