And as we initially learned, this tablet is a project of the Indian government to address the need of a low-cost tablet computer for students. It turned out though that Aakash won’t retail as expected, ‘coz the official price at launch jumped to Rs 2,999 or $61. Nonetheless, it’s still competitive to take a share from other brands like the Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab.
The Aakash tablet is designed and manufactured by a Canadian firm, DataWind, Ltd.; and it carries entry level specs like 366MHz Connexant CPU, a dedicated GPU, 256MB of RAM, 2GB internal storage (expandable up to 32GB), with 2 USB ports, Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11 a/b/g), GPRS, and flaunts a 7-inch resistive display at 800 x 480 resolution. It runs the Froyo version of Google’s Android OS, and got a 2100 mAh power source rated to last just 3 hours or less.
The country actually has similar project, the Rizal tablet; however, unlike Indian government’s effort through Aakash which is to connect educational institutions across the nation – the Philippines’ Rizal slate is truly just designed to commemorate the life and works of the national hero.