Aakash Tablet (Sakshat) has finally been unveiled. Talk of a cheap tablet for everyone has been doing the rounds for quite a few years now, but chances of it becoming a reality looked dim. Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communications and IT, has now officially released the around Rs. 3000 tablet, now named as Aakash.
The tablet was earlier named as Sakshat, but it’s retail version has been named as Aakash. The device has a manufacturing cost of $37.98 and after adding transportation and handling, the cost goes to $49.98.
Aakash tablet features a 7-inch resistive touchscreen with two USB ports and a micro SD card slot that can manage cards as big as 32 GB. It runs a 366MHz Connexant processor and has 256 MB RAM. It’s downside can be the battery used, which is a 2100mAh battery capable of just about 3 hrs of back up.
DataWind, a British company, is the company behind the design and development of Aakash tablet. IIT Rajasthan collaborated with DataWind to make it a reality under the guidance of HRD Ministry’s National Mission on Education through Information & Communication Technology (NME-ICT). HRD Ministry will initially buy 100,000 tablets from DataWind.
Aakash Tablet is expected to go on sale by mid-Nov at a price tag of Rs. 2999 in India. Students will be entitled to a 50% subsidy on the retail price.
Update 16th Dec 2011: Aakash Tablet is now selling online for Rs. 2500.