Want a really cheap tablet? Head to India for an Aakash

Want a really cheap tablet? Head to India for an AakashStudents – what can you get for £23 these days? A fairly subdued night out? Half a concert ticket? Two or three album downloads on iTunes?

Well, over in India for that price students can get a full-blown tablet thanks to the launch today of the British-made Aakash slate in the world's second most populous country.

That price is a subsidised price the Indian government is aiming at offering to students only, but even the ordinary punter should be able to get their hands on some tablet action for $60 (less than £40).

“The rich have access to the digital world, the poor and ordinary have been excluded. Aakash will end that digital divide,” said Kapil Sibal, India's Telecoms and Education Minister, at the tablet's launch today.

The Aakash – which means “sky” in Hindi – is a lightweight touchscreen slate manufactured by a British company and sold at $50 a pop to India's rulers.

An initial run of 100,000 will be given away to students completely free, before the tablet goes on sale properly.

As you'd expect given the cost, it's not likely to be any kind of high-flyer, despite what its name suggests, and an initial batch of 500 given away at the launch yesterday met with decidedly mixed responses.

Given the price, we'd have to wonder what they were expecting?

Via Reuters

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4 comments

shamsheralam88  Oct. 6, 2011 at 03:38

I want this tablet as soon as possible

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 6, 2011 at 07:46

That is the price of one Irish secondary school book!

Mausam211  Oct. 16, 2011 at 08:15

Thank You

bhavesh2969  Oct. 16, 2011 at 08:23

Thank You

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