World’s Cheapest Tablet-Aakash now available for online order!

The world’s cheapest tablet-Aakash(made by the Indian Government) is now available for sale online. It cost Rs.2500 and will be delivered within one weeks time.Cash on delivery is the payment mode that is currently being accepted and I feel thats the best mode as far as India goes where online banking is not so famous as it is in Europe and United States.

Complete specs of the Aakash are as below-

Hardware

  • Processor: Connexant with Graphics accelerator & HD Video processor
  • Memory : 256MB RAM / Storage (Internal): 2GB Flash
  • Storage (External): 2GB to 32GB Supported
  • Peripherals: 2 Standard USB port
  • Audio out: 3.5mm jack / Audio in: 3.5mm jack
  • Display and Resolution: 7 display with 800×480 pixel resolution

Software

  • OS: Android 2.2
  • Document Rendering
  • Supported Document formats: DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, ODT, ODP
  • PDF viewer, Text editor
  • Multimedia and Image Display
  • Image viewer supported formats: PNG, JPG, BMP and GIF
  • Supported audio formats: MP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, WMA
  • Supported video formats: MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, FLV
  • Communication and Internet
  • Web browser – Standards Compliance: xHTML 1.1 compliant, JavaScript 1.8 compliant
  • Separate application for online YouTube video
  • Safety and other standards compliance
  • CE certification / RoHS certification

 

You could find some interesting facts about the Aakash here.

You can also pre-order the upgraded version of Aakash which is the Ubislate 7 which costs Rs.2999 and will be available in late January.The Ubislate 7 comes with a Cortex A8 – 700 Mhz microprocessor,Sim card slot(you can make and receive calls),android 2.3 and GPRS.

Unfortunately for people in the other countries the Aakash is available for sale in India only.Better luck next time though.


Interesting facts about the Indian Tablet-Aakash

As you might already be aware, India launched the world’s cheapest tablet earlier this month called ‘Aakash‘. The tablet actually costs a little over the rumored $35 price tag, $49.98 to be precise, but nonetheless is still the cheapest tablet the world has seen till date. But apart from the ‘cheapest tablet’ tag it has, what else do you know about Aakash? Did you know it was previously named ‘Sakshat‘ while it was still in production? No? Fear not, you’re at the right place as we’ll educate you on the not-so-widely-known facts of Aakash.

What is the difference between the student version and Commercial version of Aakash?

The commercial version of the tablet lets you make call and use GPRS connectivity whereas the student version of the tablet does not have both of those features. Rest all features are the same in both versions.

Where has the Aakash been manufactured?

A lot of people have been speculating that the device is been manufactured in China but this is not true. The device has been manufactured in India (Hyderabad).

Who is the manufacturer of Aakash?

M/s Datawind is the manufacturer of Aakash Tablet.

Upgrade?

The Aakash can be upgraded to the Android OS 2.3

No Android Market

The Aakash does not have an android market as yet. Android market requires the device to be registered with Google. Talks with Google are going on for the same. In the meanwhile only educational apps will be available for the device. These apps will be free and will be available on Sakshat Website.

Tech Specs

Operating system : Android v2.2 OS
Processor : 366MHz processor
Display : 7-inch resistive display
Memory :
256MB RAM
Internal storage up to 2GB
External storage up to 32GB via microSD card

Connectivity :
Two USB V2.0 ports Wi-Fi
GPRS( commercial version)
SIM card slot ( commercial version)

We hope to give you a review very soon!

India finally launch world’s cheapest tablet — ‘Aakash’

The Government Of India has kept its promise and finally launched, as scheduled, the cheapest tablet the world has seen named ‘Aakash’. Previously expected to arrive earlier this year, the tablet’s October launch has bought a huge sigh of relief to people, especially students, all over India. Costing the government Rs. 2,276 (Approx. $49.98), the device  will be given to students after subsidising the price by up to 50 per cent, Human Resources Development Minister Shri Kapil Sibal said while unveiling the device in New Delhi.

Aakash (which means ‘Sky’ in Hindi) is a low cost access cum computing device running on Google’s Android OS, possessing some decent features required for educational purposes. The device was distributed among 500 children on the occasion of its unveiling a few hours ago.

The device will be available at retail stores at a maximum retail price of Rs 2999 through renowned carrier Aircel in November.

Aakash UbiSlate 7 Specifications

•         Hardware:

–        Processor: 366 Mhz with Graphics accelerator and HD Video processor

–        Memory (RAM): 256MB RAM / Storage (Internal): 2GB Flash

–        Storage (External): 2GB to 32GB Supported

–        Peripherals (USB2.0 ports, number):  1 Standard USB port

–        Audio out: 3.5mm jack / Audio in: 3.5mm jack

–        Display and Resolution: 7” display with 800×480 pixel resolution

–        Input Devices: Resistive touch screen

–        Connectivity and Networking: WiFi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g

–        Power and Battery: Up to 180 minutes on battery.  AC adapter 200-240 volt range.

•         Software:

–        OS: Android 2.2

–        Document Rendering

•         Supported Document formats: DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, ODT, ODP

•         PDF viewer, Text editor

–        Multimedia and Image Display

•         Image viewer supported formats: PNG, JPG, BMP and GIF

•         Supported audio formats: MP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, WMA

•         Supported video formats: MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, FLV

–        Communication and Internet

•         Web browser – Standards Compliance:  xHTML 1.1 compliant, JavaScript 1.8 compliant

•         Separate application for online YouTube video

•         Safety and other standards compliance

–        CE certification / RoHS certification

Other: Additional Web Browser: UbiSurfer-Browser with compression/acceleration and IE8 rendering.

For more detailed information check out the press release.

Sakshat, India’s Rs.1500 ($35) laptop gets launch date

The world’s cheapest computer, India’s Rs.1500 ($35) laptop called Sakshat has finally been given an official launch date.

Previously given an ‘early 2011’ launch period, HCL Technologies, a local computer services firm who was recently awarded with the manufacturing contract from the Indian government to produce Sakshat has set a deadline of January 10, 2011 for itself to ship the laptop.

While we already know it boasts features such as 2GB RAM, WiFi, built-in camera, USB port, etc. on the Android OS, what we don’t know is the size of the screen that it will carry. The rumors are equally divided between a 5inch, 7inch, and a 9inch variation of the device.

Reliable source LiveMint gives us some more handy information, claiming that the Sakshat will be provided to approximately one million university students in the second half of the year, with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Rajasthan getting a chance to test them out.

Sakshat was first announced on July 23. Have a more detailed look here.