A Close Look At The New $35 (!) Tablet Computer From India

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Photo: NDTV.com

The Aakash, a tablet designed and manufactured in India, has a government subsidized price of US $35, according to BBC News. The tablet, translated as “Sky,” was built with students in mind. A commercial version of the tablet is set to retail at a maximum of $60.

The government of India has plans to distribute the tablet in the small towns and villages around internet-poor India.

There are plans to sell the tablet internationally, but we see little room for a bare bones tablet that has no brand name recognition. Of course if it works well, then this will give Amazon and Apple a kick in the rear.

The Aakash has a resistive touch screen, a 7″ display with 800×480 pixel resolution

According to this picture and the BBC report, it has two full USB ports and 3.5mm audio in/out jacks, though different sources are saying there is only one standard USB

The battery life leaves something to be desired at only three hours

Running Android 2.2, the tab will have many standard apps, but the Android Market will be replaced by an educational app provider

Connectivity and networking capabilities: GPRS and WiFi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g

Made in India, the Aakash has 256MB RAM, 2GB of internal storage, and a 366 Mhz processor

Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal handed out 500 tablets at the announcement

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