Aakash 2 Slate Could Threaten High-End Tablets

November 14, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Aakash was a name that revolutionized the tablet industry, especially in India. The cheapest tablet to unveil in India, the device couldn’t muscle its way through as expected due to its low powered processor.

The expected features went into an enhanced state to come forth under a new name, Aakash 2, which was released a couple of days ago. The device will be distributed to a 100,000 university students and professors by a UK/Canadian/Indian startup called Datawind.

The CEO of the company is Suneet Tuli, who is barraged with thousands of new orders for the commercial version of Aakash 2. The company is at present having a backlog of four million unfulfilled pre-orders.

The purpose of this low-cost slate is to bring technology as a means to spread education. Tuli hopes to use the tablet to educate every schoolchild in India.

And by low-cost, we mean a really low-price tag- $20. That’s the amount university students have to pay for the device after half its cost has been subsidized by the Indian government.

$20 is only a quarter of the cost of competing rivals with similar specifications. This price means that almost every student can get his hands on Aakash 2.

The tablet is no toy. The processor inside the slate is as powerful as the one that powered the first iPad and it has twice as much RAM.

Combine that with Google’s Android OS and an LCD touchscreen, and you have yourself a decent device that functions without any hiccups. Attach a keyboard on to it and you have for yourself a substitute for a desktop.

The Aakash 2 and any other devices that would come in the low-priced price tag with decent specifications would seriously challenge all the high-end boys. This $20 tablet from India, is reportedly, way better than the $99 device from Microsoft.

Perhaps the only company that might not be perturbed by this explosion of low-budget devices might be Apple. Apple’s iOS would remain on the company’s boundaries, whereas other hardware makers like Samsung that runs on Android might see this as stiff competition.

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