Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Aakash - India's ultra low-cost tablet

'Aakash', the low cost tablet intended for students was launched today by Shri Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Human Resource Development in Delhi. Aakash is infact Datawind's UbiSlate 7 tablet. It has a 7 inch resistive touchscreen and runs Android Froyo. Procurement of one unit from the manufacturer costs Indian government Rs.2276. But 50% of the cost will be subsidized before distributing it to the students. There has been unconfirmed reports of GPRS connectivity also being included in the tablet, but it is absent in the official feature list.

        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 800x480 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.
        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. 

  There will also be an option for buying a carry pouch with built in keyboard which costs about Rs.300. 



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