While India has been crying over rising costs and a difficult life, our Human Resource Development Mr. Kapil Sibal, goes ahead to showcase an extremely cheap tablet PC, something similar to what an Apple iPad is.
There’s no denying the fact that Apple iPad has captured everyone’s imaginations. A touch screen tablet PC with an impressive range of features from wi-fi access to movies, emails, browsers and access to thousands of Apple’s app store applications, iPad has been appreciated by all. The only thing keeping some people away from buying it is the price range. With an average price of between $500 to $700, it’s not exactly cheap.
However, things can change if what Kapil Sibal unveiled as an Indian answer to iPad is true. What the minister showcased is a touchscreen notepad kind of device, which uses linux as its native operating system. The device has a pretty decent 2GB RAM and provides almost all the functionality a normal notebook can offer. It has a web browser, multimedia player, PDF reader, Wi-Fi access and video conferencing ability. To top it all up, the Indian ipad can be charged using its solar-power option. The only thing missing in the tablet is a hard disk, as it’s been made to use a memory card.
The motherboard has been designed by students from Indian Institute of Technology. Sources have said that India is now working towards reducing the costs even further, with the minister confirming of plans to drop the price to $10 or below Rs. 500.
However, the Tablet PC won’t be available for sale till next year at least. That is what has got many people worrying if the tablet is a real deal, or just another of those Congress promises which never gets fulfilled. The entire thing is too good to be true and if successful, it will change computer and tablet PC sales not just in India but across the world. But unless the real thing is released for the students as promised next year, doubts will remain on the authenticity of its claims.
Update 16th Dec 2011: Aakash Tablet is now selling online for Rs. 2500.