Aakash 2 Android tablet materializes, costs around $21 for Indian students

  • metta

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    Nov 24, 2012 3:50 AM GMT
    Inexpensive Indian Aakash 2 could revolutionize tablet industry

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    A 7-inch Android tablet developed in India may present stiff competition to the more expensive counterparts made by Apple and Google, potentially making all tablets a little less expensive in the future.

    Datawind’s Aakash 2, with 512MB of RAM and 800 x 480 pixel resolution, was developed as an affordable way to get technology, especially e-books and the Internet, into the hands of students in India. Deployed by the government in post-secondary schools, the Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development subsidizes some of the cost, making the tablet available to college students for $35. To help students access the Internet on the tablets, the government has been working to connect 600 universities and 1,200 colleges with broadband and Wi-Fi.


    Aakash 2 Android tablet materializes, costs around $21 for Indian students

    http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/11/aakash-2-android-tablet-india/


  • Posted by a hidden member.
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    Nov 24, 2012 5:29 PM GMT
    There have been other Android tablets that were just over 100 dollars and supported only the most basic functions like Internet browsing.

    With that said, this is probably going to be the worst tablet ever. I'd rather pay 300-500 bucks for a tablet that offers a wider variety of features and is more reliable than some piece of junk that this tablet is going to be.
  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Nov 24, 2012 5:31 PM GMT
    Cheap. But I have found that tablets that are cheap tend to not work well and fall apart too. (My Nexus 7 glass screen is starting to come off on one corner, never dropped it). But like iPad is expensive but pretty strong (assuming you are responsible and don't drop it)
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    Nov 24, 2012 5:39 PM GMT
    And, there it is, someone else downplaying subsidies.

    Someone needs to do a "teardown" and start with the original component cost.

    WiFi can be added to anything for a couple of dollars. But, add 3G/4G/etc... you're due for at least $25 on licenses/royalties.