Published On: Wed, Oct 5th, 2011

World’s cheapest tablet ‘Aakash’ launched

The world’s cheapest tablet , and made in India as well, was launched on Wednesday. Priced at about Rs 2000, Aakash has been developed by the Indian Institute of Technology.

The low-cost tablet is primarily meant for educational purposes and features Android OS along with Wi-Fi connectivity. It features a 2GB Flash memory with 2GB Micro SD card that is expandable upto 32GB with two full USB ports, a miniSD card and a SIM card slot.

The device comes with a 2100mAh battery that will last upto two to three hours.The tablet has been developed as a part of the National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology that aims to link 25,000 colleges and 400 universities for an e-learning programme.

The device is expected to give some of the more costly tablet computers tough competition as it will also offer PDF reader, video conferencing functioning, sci-lab, media player, remote device management capability, multimedia input-output interface option and multiple content viewer.

Speaking at an award ceremony held in New Delhi by the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) last month, Communications and Information Technology minister Kapil Sibal had said that the tablet would help children go beyond the boundary of classroom and teachers to acquire knowledge through IT.

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