The $35 tablet has been delayed more times that we can remember, so is finally nice to see the device finally coming to market. Now that we know the specs of the Aakash (translates to sky) tablet people have been mocking the device, but should we? This is an important product for India, as most of the population want and need a tablet, but all what is on offer is just way out of reach.
Thankfully the small Aakash gadget will solve this issue, due to it becoming the world’s cheapest tablet. It will become popular with students, but where it will make an impact is with India itself, as it shows that they can make it as a technology innovator. Okay, so it’s not in the league of Apple and its iPad, but they are for totally different markets.
WSJ has been talking to those who will be manufacturing the tablet and has said that this is a device that has been made solely for the Indian market. However, things would have a different outcome if the Aakash was sold for its true $50 price, but the Indian government is subsidizing it to make it more affordable. The launch price will be around $35, but could fall yet again. Once the nation is hooked on the device, only then will the company be able to start increasing the price — but ever so slowly.
The specs for the Sky tablet are not very impressive, but they don’t need to be, as they will not have to do the kind of work that an iPad, Galaxy Tab or Xoom has to do. The 7-inch screen is resistive, Android 2.2 will be running the show, the processor has a speed of 366MHz, 256MB of RAM, 2GB flash memory and another two on a microSD card, Wi-Fi and 3G option and finally two USB ports.
So you can see that benchmark scores will be very low on this, but students and those from poorer background in India will love the world’s cheapest tablet. We have high expectations; we just hope that the nation embraces it.