Last October 5, India launched the worlds cheapest Android tablet, Akash, for only $35. Unbelievably low compare to the Amazon Kindle and the HP Touchpad that went on sale last month.
Datawind Ltd, the leading developer of wireless web access products and services has developed Akash tablet that offers a series of wireless web access devices and the related web deliver platform. It is powered by Android 2.2 with a 7 inch screen and Conexant CPU with HD video and accelerated graphics. It also has a long lasting battery compare to current tablets in the market.
The device is mainly built for the masses, like the Indian market. That is why they also called this a made in India product.
Some of the features are:
$35 for the UbiSlate
•High Quality Web Anytime & Anywhere:
Connect via GPRS or WiFi
GPRS: Embedded modem eliminates the need for external dongles and allows Internet access everywhere
WiFi: Allows fast Youtube videos at hotspots
Fast web access even on GPRS networks, across the country using DataWind’s patented acceleration technology
Web, Email, Facebook, Twitter and much much more!
• Multimedia Powerhouse:
HD Quality Video
Watching movies in the palm of your hand on a 7” screen
Audio library software helps manage your full collection of songs
• Applications Galore with Android 2.2:
Productivity software: Office suite
Over 150,000 apps!
• Full sized-USB port & Micro-SD slot:
Expand memory to 32GB
Use any ordinary pen-drive
Even plug-in a 3G dongle
•And It’s a Phone!
Processor: Connexant 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): 2 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: GPRS and WiFi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g
Power and Battery: Up to 180 minutes on battery. AC adapter 200-240 volt range.
OS: Android 2.2
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
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.
Compare with leading tablets in the market, see below table from Techifire
Akash tablet is scheduled to be available in the market soon. Until then, please check your local store if they will have this gadget.
Visit their website AAKASH for details and online booking. Definitely India will first have the glimpse of the gadget, and not sure when other countries will have it.