Indian Students to Study with Inexpensive Tablets

Aakash means "sky" and it's the name of a new tablet being offered to students in India. However, the price isn't sky high. At only $35 each, the Indian government is expected to buy eight to 10 million units of the device by March 31, 2012. Will the general public find them helpful as well? 

"The thing with cheap tablets is most of them turn out to be unusable," says Rajat Agrawal, executive editor at Technology Reviewers BGR India. "They don't have a very good touch screen, and they are usually very slow."

Aakash has a 7-inch display with 800-by-480 pixel resolution, 256MB of RAM, 2GB flash storage, a 366MHz processor from Connexant, and runs the Android 2.2 operating system. Students will start testing them in the next few weeks.

"Soon, a $35 computer will be made available to every child in school. The tablet shall help enhance the quality of learning of children," Telecoms and Education Minister Kapil Sibal said.

Datawind, the Canadian manufacturing company, plans to add GPRS (general packet radio service) so it can double as a phone. Higher-end versions will be launched in the UK and U.S.

Source: Kyiv Post, PC World, Photo: IBN Live

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