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Aakash is the world’s cheapest tablet computer.

History

The Indian government, Datawind and the University of Mumbai are trying to create access to modern technology for the poor and low-income earners with the cheap tablet Aakash 2. The tablet, which costs the equivalent of just 32 euros, is to be distributed to 100,000 students so that they can learn more efficiently.[1]
Aakash 2 is the second attempt to produce a low-cost tablet. Its predecessor was criticized for major shortcomings, such as insufficient memory or poor sound quality.[2]
These should be fixed in the new edition

Technical details

Comparison of previous and current Aakash tablets:[3][4]

Tablet name Manufacturer Price (INR) CPU Internal memory (RAM) External memory (SD Card) Battery Operating system Network Telephony Screen Android Store Publication
Sakshat HCL 2200 366 MHz 256 MB 2 GB 2100 mAh Android 2.2 Froyo wi-Fi only voIP only 800 × 480 px, resistive No pre-published
Aakash / Ubislate 7 Datawind 2500 ARM11, 366 MHz 256 MB 2 GB 2100 mAh Android 2.2 Froyo wi-Fi only voIP only Resistive No December 2011
UbiSlate 7+ Datawind 3499 ARM Cortex-A8,
800 MHz
256 MB 4 GB 3000 mAh Android 2.3 Gingerbread Wi-Fi + GPRS Yes Resistive Yes April 2012
Aakash – 2 / UbiSlate 7C Datawind 4299 ARM Cortex-A8,
800 MHz
256 MB 4 GB 3000 mAh Android 2.3 Gingerbread Wi-Fi + GPRS Yes Capacititv Yes April 2012
Aakash 2, UbiSlate 7Ci Datawind 1130/2263 1 GHz 512 MB 4 GB, expandable up to 32 GB 2100 mAh, 4 hours runtime Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich wi-Fi only voIP only 7-inch, 800×480 px, capacitv No 11. November 2012

Memory card: Some tablets are equipped with a micro-SD slot and a micro-SD card (flash memory, expandable up to 32 GB), which allows the storage of user data. In Android 2.3 some apps can move data from ROM to the memory card.

Memory: The size of the ROM was not specified by Datawind, but is believed to be 256 MB or 2 GB.[5] Both tablets include a graphics card, but details on graphics memory and GPU speed are not known.

Google Android Market: Since the Aakash does not have a SIM card and insufficient power to use Google Android Market, GetJar Marketplace will be used instead. UbiSlate 7+ will have access to Google’s Android Market, Google confirmed.

Network: Aakash supports WLAN. It is generally not suitable for mobile network use. However, in addition to WLAN, the UbiSlate-7+ has GPRS Internet connection, a 1G network connection. External 3G USB modems are not supported.

Individual references

  1. Tagesschau.de article(Memento of 30 June 2012 in the Internet Archive)
  2. Comparison of Aakash1 and Aakash2 on thoughtsfromgeeks.com(Memento of 27 June 2012 in the Internet Archive)
  3. India makes second attempt with educational tablet
  4. Low-cost Aakash 2 tablet launched in India at Rs 1,130
  5. 2 GB internal flash memory in the specification could be the ROM.

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