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India’s $35 Aakash Android Tablet

Friday, October 28th, 2011

At around the same time that Amazon put its Kindle Fire on the market for $199, the Indian government was preparing to unveil the $35 Aakash Android Tablet.  The goal of this super-low priced device is to put a tablet computing into the hands of more students.  The devise (whose name means “sky” in Hindi) was developed by a U.K. company named DataWind and produced entirely in India.  The cost of the 7-inch tablet is $60, with the Indian government subsidizing almost half the price of each tablet.  Even so, this is the world’s cheapest Android device.

The Indian government expects to distribute between 10 and 12 million tablets by the end of 2012.  Read more about the Aakash Android tablet, including the results of hand-on testing, at the VentureBeat website.

You can also see an impressive Aakash demo in this YouTube video.

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