Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Aakash: World's cheapest tablet from India

After a lot of speculation the $35 tablet is here, albeit at a higher price. Named Aakash and not Sakshat.

The specs of Aakash tablet are as follows:

Manufacturer:                               Datawind
Price :                                          Rs 2,276 (about $50)
Dimensions:                                 190.5x118.5x15.7mm
Screen:                                        7" resistive touchscreen with 800×480 pixel resolution
Weighs:                                       350gms

Processor:                                   366MHz
Connectivity:                               2 full USB ports
Memory:                                     256MB RAM
Storage:                                      2GB Flash memory + 2GB Micro SD card (expandable to 32GB)
Power and Battery:                     2100mAh, AC adapter 200-240 volt range.   (Lasts 1.5 to 2 hours                                            when watching HD videos & 3 hours on average use)

                                                   Inbuilt cellular modem and SIM to access internet
                                                   Wi-fi enabled
                                                   Plays 1080p HD videos
                                                   Separate application for online YouTube video
                                                  Audio out: 3.5mm jack / Audio in: 3.5mm jack

Operating System:                        Android 2.2 Froyo
Supported Document formats:      DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, ODT, ODP
                                                   PDF viewer, Text editor
Image viewer supported formats:  PNG, JPG, BMP and GIF
Supported audio formats:             MP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, WMA
Supported video formats:             MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, FLV
Web browser                              Standards Compliance: xHTML 1.1 compliant, JavaScript 1.8 compliant

Safety and other standards compliance - CE certification / RoHS certification

Downsides include:
No Android marketplace, has Getjar instead.
Resistive touchscreen.

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