Aakash 2 Tablet Unveiled in India; Android Tablet to Cost $21 to Students

When it come to Android tablets, no one tablet is made equal and with tablets costing less and less these days it begs the question, "How cheap can they go?". Well, if you happen to live in India they can go for as little as $21 - INR 1,132 - that is, of course, if you're a student. There was a lot of fanfare when the Internet first head that the Indian Government would be helping with the Aakash project to deliver crazily priced Android tablets to students but that didn't quite go to plan but, it looks like they're back, better and cheaper than before. With the new Aakash 2 tablet they've got a tablet that's priced extremely well and something that I'm sure a lot of students will be happy about. The Aakash 2 comes with the following specs but, don't be expect much:

  • 7.0" 800 x 480 Capacitive Touchscreen
  • 1Ghz Single-Core Cortex A8 CPU
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of Storage with a microSD slot
  • USB 2.0
  • WiFi
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

These specs are very 2010 and something that we'd expect to see from an eBay special but, at the price tag of $21 these are going to be a real boon for students and it just goes to show how far we've come when it comes to making cut-price electronics in today's world. There might not be a lot of horsepower in these tablets but they can certainly help with you studies and lighten the load of carrying all those books around. This time around they're doing something a little different as the tablet won't be available to millions of students right off the bat. Instead, there are around 244 engineering colleges that will be getting some of the slates as they feature in the "Aakash in Education" project. It doesn't sound overly ambitious but when you think about it this is how it should be - tablets for students getting to students.

For those outside of the education system they can get their hands on the tablet but, it will be known as the UbiSlate and cost a little more at $84 or you can swap that capacitive digitizer for a resistive one for $62. While it might not be of much use for us in the Western world it's certainly an interesting project and we've seen how much help Android can be in the education sector. What do you think, could something like this be successful where you are?

[Source: Android Authority]

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