Aakash Tablet: INR 2,500
Ubislate: INR 3,000
India gifted the world its cheapest car, Tata Nano. This time, the government has stepped into the booming Tablet PC market with Ubislate (a.k.a. Aakash Tablet) which sports a price tag of $61.35 (Rs. 3,000). Compare that to the market leader Apple iPad‘s $500.
Read about the new version of Ubislate or Aakash Tablet: Aakash-2
When Indian telecom minister Kapil Sibal had showed off the prototype named Sakshat, he said it would cost $35. At a hiked price than was promised, this Android Aakash tablet is still the world’s cheapest.
Ubislate has been developed & manufactured by a Canadian firm DataWind in collaboration with IIT (Indian Institute of Technology), Rajasthan in India.
Okay, price is never included in the features list, but at $61 it’s the cheapest tablet in market & that is its top feature. Also, the Indian Government will provide Ubislate at a price of $31, subsidizing 50% of the cost for educational institutes in India, but also taking away 2 key features: Voice calling & Android App Market.
This subsidized version of Ubislate has been given the name Aakash tablet.
Google’s Android 2.2 Froyo will both Ubislate & Aakash Tablet. Although Android 2.3, 2.4 & 3.0 have already been launched, but the inexpensive hardware of Ubislate or Aakash Tablet won’t be able to support the latest Android versions.
366 MHz Connexant with Graphics accelerator and HD Video processor. Its low processor makes the Android experience a little sluggish, but you get what you pay for.
- 256 MB RAM is what you get in the Ubislate & Aaksh tablet, yeah it’s a little too low, not for multitaskers.
- 2 GB flash drive as internal storage memory, expandable upto 32 GB.
- 7” screen sported by many high end tablets like Blackberry Playbook
- 800×480 pixel resolution for nice graphical experience.
- Full Resistive Touchscreen which will definitely need a stylus.
- 3.5 mm Audio jack to connect your headphones.
- HD Video processor
- No camera at this price, but you can always connect an external webcam via its USB ports.
- Up to 180 minutes battery backup on standby
- 2,100 mAh Li-ion battery
So in Aakash Tablet, the Government subsidized version of Ubislate, you will be missing on Voice calling & the Android App Market.
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