How cheap can an Android tablet go? How about $35.
Introducing Aakash, an Android tablet build by UK company DataWind, that the Indian government is buying for Rs 2250 ($35). There will be an initial 100,000 run of these tablets which will be given to students.
So, what do you get for $35? Quite a lot:
- Android 2.2 (Froyo)
- 7-inch resistive touch screen with 800x480 resolution
- 256 MB of RAM
- 32 GB storage
- Expandable memory slot
- 2x USB ports
- Weighs 350 gram
- 12 month warranty
- 2100mAh battery giving 2 - 3 hours of usage
The $35 deal is for students ... if you're not a student then this tablet will set you back $60. Still a darn cheap tablet.
Think a $35 tablet is impressive? DataWind has plans for a $10 tablet:
"We need to have more local components. And with the production expansion that we plan, we believe that Indian component manufacturers would soon see the opportunity, thus reducing our prices."
You're not going to be able to get your hands on a $35 Android tablet, or a $10 tablet, and chances are that you wouldn't want it (I've seen cheap Android tablet that come from China that sell for under $99 that are absolutely appalling), but it does lead the way to cheaper hardware for the rest of us.