Akash Tablet – World’s Cheapest Tablet

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Today, the ultra-low cost tablet device named Akash tablets, was launched by Education minister of India Mr. Kapil Sibbal.

It was more than a year ago, when HRD ministry announced the project of “one laptop per child”. Initially the cost of proposed tablet computing device was estimated at $35. This project became very famous as world’s cheapest laptop at the cost of $35.

During launch of world’s cheapest tablet (Aakash tablet), it is said that Indian Government will purchase this device from a British company (DataWind) at the rate of Rs.  2250 / tablet, which comes to around $45 according to current Rupee/US dollar exchange rate. And then Akash tablets will be made available to students at subsidized rate. Still the cheapest tablets!

Commercially, this tablet (Akash tablet) will be available from November for Rs 2999, which is $60 according to current exchange rate. Again I will say, Akash tablet is world’s cheapest tablet.

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This tablets run on Android 2.2 and having 7 inch touch screen. It is said to have preloaded with some software (details not available) and can support standard Microsoft Office files (DOC, DOCX, PDF and PPTX). I believe that this device will definitely going to support almost all the common file formats.

Here is the details about hardware used in Akash tablet:-

Operating System:- Android 2.2 (Froyo)
Screen:- 7-inch resistive touch screen
Resolution:- 800×480 px
Weight:- 350 gram
RAM:- 256 MB
Expandable Memory:- upto 32 GB
USB ports:- 2
Battery:- 2100mAh battery which lasts for 2-3 hours

As of now, there is no information on how the Akash tablet will be made available for sale and which stores through. We will have to wait and watch for a couple of weeks more.

Looking at it at first glance and going through review of Aakash tablets on other blogs, I will say that though it doesn’t match the standard and application of Apple’s iPad, still it is one of the best solution for students and for people who doesn’t have enough money to spend for iPad

I am very much interested to know your view about Akash Tablets. Do you use Apple’s iPad? In your opinion, how this move of Government of India, will be benefitted to student and to common mass?

Let us know your thoughts.

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  1. Deepti Sinha says:

    good to know about this tablet device. It will be helpful to them who don’t have enough money to spend high-end tablets like ipad and samsung galaxy. I am eagerly waiting to own this device. :-)

  2. Salim Mithaiwala says:

    I am eagerly waiting to own this device.waiting to know and to own it.

  3. mallikarjun b k says:

    dear sir, first of all want to tell thanks to you.because in india somany poor peoples are their,which are not able to take any these kind of device.it will help students to technically good. once again thank you sir….

  4. Atish says:

    ” Education mister of India ” in this line you have misspelled “mister”. I think it should be “minister”.
    By the way this tablet will rock. I will love to buy this.

  5. PrIyAnGsHu from Internet Marketing Blog says:

    Hello Ritesh , which web host you are using to host this blog ? Please let me know .
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  6. great to see IT professional in blogging world;)M coming as IT engg. this November! got to learn techie things from u sir !

  7. Niharika Singh says:

    i want to knw, these tablet will be distribute dto college student or will be available in the market..??
    i am a college student, i really need it..??
    please do reply, how can i get this….

    • Ritesh Kumar says:

      This tablet will be available commercially from November. I believe it will be available to students at the same time.
      At first 100,000 Akash tablets will be given to students for free to know how it works. Then it will be available to students at subsidized rate.

      So nothing concrete at this moment. Stay tuned and keep visiting TechSpacia for latest technology news.

      Also subscribe to our news letter. In that case, you will come to know whenever we publish any news about Akash Tablet.

  8. desh deepak says:

    first congratulations to akash tablets.ye student k liye bahut labhdayak hai i love this tablets.

  9. N.C.Ghosh says:

    akash tab. will be very usefull for the indian students
    i hope it will market soon

  10. aryan says:

    I want to know that how many types of akash tablet will be avilable.
    pls reply.

  11. havygrave says:

    yar ya bohat acha ha par ya jodhpur ma kab ayaga

  12. havygrave says:

    kapil sibal thanks for tablet thanks kapil sir

  13. vinay says:

    what are the features present in the AKASH (TABLET )……….

  14. Rohit says:

    It seems everyone is waiting for Aakash tablet. Today I read somewhere that Aakash will have a replacement warranty plan which will cost another $14 .
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  15. Ivan says:

    I want to buy it. I want to distribute it in Ukraine.

  16. With the politicians involved, this will undoubtedly be manipulated and mishandled. I am not sure how far this will go, sad to see such bureaucracy.
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  17. rahul says:

    am eagerly waiting for this tab to be released in chennai…………..

  18. Navin from TechInfoBlog.net says:

    This tab looks promising. But RAM and Battery life needs upgrade. Thanks for sharing the info Ritesh.
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  19. ABHISHEK says:

    It will be interesting to see and watch how this tablet works, I am more concerned about the quality of the touchscreen,how sensitive would be it and what will be the processing speed of this tablet espesially while using the internet

  20. sham says:

    Is this tablet network locked {can only be used with a specific SIM}?

    Is this tablet available to purchase in the market?

    • Ritesh Kumar says:

      Hey Sham, based on information given at the time of launch of this tablet, I can say that this tablet is not a network lock type and can be used by connecting to any service provider.
      Starting from November, Akash tablet is going to be available commercially and you will be able to purchase it from market.

  21. VISHAL BAVADIYA says:

    sir it will be very helpful for students who is from middle class family
    like me

  22. Ray Michaels from Remote Login says:

    yeah! i agree. Schools should have this kind of tablet.its cheaper and now a days student should be exposed to technology.thanks for sharing this sir.keep it up!
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  23. Ankur Rautela from new-year-sms.in says:

    This tablet is really so much cheap.
    Great efforts by Indian Gov.

  24. Sushovon Munshi says:

    Hello Sir, I am a college student & I want to know will I be able to Aakash @ 1100? What I mean is that Indian gov has said that Aakash will be available @ 1100 for students. So was it only for school student or every student? From when it will be available at market?

  25. Sushovon Munshi says:

    Is it supports 3g SIM?

  26. amir nasir says:

    recently, datawind company has announced to launch akash 2, modified version of akash, what you say about this version ritesh?

  27. David says:

    yeah…it is looking to be the interesting and useful for the young generation at the cheap rates.thanks for such a nice contribution.

  28. ITS ACTUALLY HIT THE MARKET IN NOVEMBER END BUT ABOUT WHERE TO BOOK, THAT IS NOT DECIDED YET….BECAUSE OF SOME PROBLEM WITH THE SIM FACILITY IN IT……..

  29. India’s cheapest tablet called Aakash is soon to hit market. Everyone is waiting in anticipation for this amazingly affordable tablet. According to sources, the Aakash tablet release date is to be in the month of November and is to be sold at Rs. 2999 commercially.

  30. Mohsin from startablog says:

    This is just unbelievable and awesome. A full fledged tablet in just 35 dollars is just dream for Pakistanis. Please import these in Pakistan too.
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  31. Raj kumar says:

    how many more time in datawind.

  32. aditya juyal says:

    i wanted to know that when it i’ll cum i dehradoon

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