The speculations were that the tablet device in India that was coming through the Indian government, would actually never come and it was just another hype in the market before its actual launch, but Kapil Sibal, the HR&D Minister had launched the Cheapest Android Tablet device, not just the cheapest in India but in the whole global market, with the pricing that is not confirmed, some claiming it to be still at $35 and some say it’s around $60 per device. In July, 2010 the first prototype was shown and discussed, and a few claims even raised the eyebrows when the device was called the copy of the Chinese tablet that was costing $100 each, but later a few changes were shown in the leaked specs.
It was initially called the Sakshat, by HCL which was the company dealing with the HRD industry, but later Datawind, another company dealt with the same and finally the cheapest Android tablet was launched recently, with the name “Aakash“. It brought in, a few specifications which could compete with some of the mid-range tablet devices and which actually have a price tag of 4 times that of the Aakash, bringing the hype among the students and tablet users once again, after the craze went low when HCL had kept delaying everything for months.
Here are some of the specifications of the Aakash Tablet -
- 7-inch resistive touchscreen display
- Screen Resolution of 800 x 480 pixels
- Android 2.2 Froyo Operating System
- 366 MHz processor
- Lightweight – 350 gms weight
- 256MB RAM and 2GB Flash Memory
- PDF Viewer and Text Editor with support for various formats of documents
- Connectivity – GPRS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g
- 1 USB 2.0 Standard Port
- 3.5mm headset jack for Audio output
The memory in the Aakash tablet is expandable to 32GB with the use of external SD cards, and the option of USB can help in its easy connectivity to the computers for the file management, although Android itself has a pretty good File manager in its system. The connectivity is very limited, but that is what can be expected from a tablet with the lower specifications.
Datawind has committed to manufacture and deliver 100,000 tablets and these are available for Pre-ordering already, but the same Aakash tablet in the website is named as the UBISlate7, and as the company says, it is not just a tablet but also a phone, as the SIM card can be placed to make calls and send text messages, along with the internet browsing through the GPRS networks.
To cope up with the demand of orders that would be flowing in (thanks to the less pricing), DataWind has tagged itself with Quad Electronics, a company based in Secunderabad for the manufacturing of the Aakash tablet. It can make 700 tablet devices a day, giving its less knowledge to tablet manufacturing. Here is the image shown in the website, with the UBISLATE7 name given for the same Aakash Tablet:
The pre-registration can be done at aakashtablet.com where you need to enter the details and just wait for the day when the company would call you to proceed with the next step, and there is no other option of registration or purchasing other than the website.
The prime reason for the launch of this Aakash tablet, according to the HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, is to connect the rural areas and the college students, and to make the standards of education better, where they would get a lot of study material available in the form of apps and documents in the tablet device, downloadable from the market too later.
It won’t be just a standard business type device, but it provides all the options and features for entertainment too, just like the other Android tablets which give a plethora of options to play multimedia and store them. The initial 2GB of flash memory can be supported by external SD card to make the memory reach a maximum of 32GB.