India has released a 35-dollar tablet
Last year, in July 2010, Indian officials announced that soon a cheap tablet device worth only $ 35 would go into production. Time passed and the concept of "soon" gradually transformed into "maybe, most likely, probably." Nevertheless, the Indian government constantly said that the tablet would come out, that the device was not just a fiction, but few people believed in it. And so, this week the tablet for 35 US dollars really appeared on sale. True, it turned out that $ 35 is the price of a tablet, taking into account state subsidies. It is at this price that it will be sold to educational institutions and their students.
If an ordinary person wants to buy this tablet, then you will have to pay out about 60 US dollars. At the very beginning, the government will provide free of charge for educational institutions. Now 500 devices have already been delivered, and those who have tried the device in operation say that the devices are very slow. Actually, it would be strange to expect another from a tablet with 256 MB of RAM.
The tablet, called Aakash, has a 7-inch display, 32 GB of user-accessible memory, 256 MB of RAM and runs on Android 2.2 Froyo. There are also 2 USB ports and a WiFi module. A 2100mAh battery will last for 2-3 hours.
Unfortunately, the Android Marketplace is not available, although some applications are installed by the manufacturer. A tablet was developed by Datawind (Great Britain) together with the Indian Institute of Technology. A tablet is being made in India, and will appear in stores next month. Students will receive a tablet for 35 cu next year.
Indian officials say this tablet should reduce the digital divide between the rich and the poor. Now the poor will be able to get a good and practical device that allows them to work fully. Despite the declared production volume, only 2.1 thousand tablets will be produced per month so far. A little later, the number of tablets produced will be increased.