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India's New $35 Tablet to Get Upgrades Ahead of Launch

By - Source: IDG (ComputerWorld) | B 24 comments

More bang for the buck.

India's $35 tablet caused quite the fuss when it was announced two years ago and now the little slate is in the news again, this time because of upgrades it's expected to get in the next few weeks. According to IDG (via ComputerWorld), the 7-inch budget tablet will get Android 4.0 as well as a hardware upgrade before the second version launches in the next few weeks.

The original Aakash tablet boasted a 7-inch display as well as an ARM 11 processor, 256MB or RAM, 2GB of storage (up to 32GB of external storage), Wi-Fi, USB connectivity and Android 2.2. The new Aakash 2 will supposedly pack a 7-inch capacitive multitouch screen and a faster single-core, 800MHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, 256MB of RAM and 2GB of internal storage. The tablet is expected to received further hardware upgrades as component prices drop (there's talk of dual-core A9 CPUs by year's end) and IDG cites Datawind CEO Suneet Singh Tuli as saying the device will ship with Android 2.3 but will be upgraded to Android 4.0 six to eight weeks after launch.

According to IDG, Tuli said the cost of the tablet is $45 but that that's being brought down to $35 thanks to subsidies from the Indian government, which has budgeted for 5 million units for the fiscal year started April 1.

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    JOSHSKORN , April 11, 2012 8:02 AM
    Soo...a $35 tablet will get ICS before most $200-$300 mobile phones? *facepalm*
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    Hazbot , April 11, 2012 4:25 AM
    That's cool and all but would you mind getting a different picture for the article? That guys expression is terrifying!
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    alyoshka , April 11, 2012 4:32 AM
    ^ Lol..... yeah but the guys cool.....
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    blazorthon , April 11, 2012 4:15 AM
    ... That $35 tablet has better hardware than my old Droid (Samsung Transform). I need a new Droid.
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    Hazbot , April 11, 2012 4:25 AM
    That's cool and all but would you mind getting a different picture for the article? That guys expression is terrifying!
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    alyoshka , April 11, 2012 4:32 AM
    ^ Lol..... yeah but the guys cool.....
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    alyoshka , April 11, 2012 4:43 AM
    Well, these tabs are being used for Data and Census updates by the Government itself.... :)  Haven't seen a single kid in any rural school use it until now.
    You find most of the Grads who have just been hired by the local govt. to collect data from the people house to house going around with these. And you know what, they still have One tab to cater for over a million people..... It is the laugh of the century if I was to see it from the eIndia POV. Where you can buy tea off the internet to a Bugatti , we still lack any sort of infrastructure to actually make these so called fancy gadgets useful at the grass root level.
    Even after collecting all the data, they do end up printing it on paper for the different departments of the govt. since most of them still work on the file system.
    My personal experience with the Dept. of Telecom , New Delhi , has been and I'd like to translate and quote the Director General Telecom's words here
    " Sir, you may keep harping about us going all hi-tech and dishing out all the e-services that we do to the people, but, sadly, in this department, we still function only on printed paper. We have PC's to work on and networks to handle the data, but, when it come's to working or functioning of the department, we strictly believe only in paper prints and hard copies. You can complete all the formalities online, but, they will not be held valid until you provide a printed copy of everything to us."

    And believe me, the time it takes to get one piece of paper to move from one level to another is like going around the world on a camel and still being faster.

    So all the crap about it being a 35 to 45 $ tab is really ..... dunno....like a bollywood movie.... nothing real all in the head.
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    invlem , April 11, 2012 6:59 AM
    Damn, I'd kill for one of these, 35$, that would make the best XBMC remote ever!
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    whysobluepandabear , April 11, 2012 7:00 AM
    And yet, the iPad costs how much?
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    JOSHSKORN , April 11, 2012 8:02 AM
    Soo...a $35 tablet will get ICS before most $200-$300 mobile phones? *facepalm*
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    amigafan , April 11, 2012 9:11 AM
    For $35 you get a tablet with a touch screen, battery etc. Makes man wonder if that $35 Raspberry Pi is worth its price :/ 
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    blazorthon , April 11, 2012 1:16 PM
    amigafanFor $35 you get a tablet with a touch screen, battery etc. Makes man wonder if that $35 Raspberry Pi is worth its price


    It's not. It has had competition that beats it in performance for a while, but it's competition hasn't been given quite as much attention.

    JOSHSKORNSoo...a $35 tablet will get ICS before most $200-$300 mobile phones? *facepalm*


    To be fair, this tablet was supposed to have 2.2, not 4.0 in it. That they changed their minds at practically the last minute kinda makes a difference. Besides, most of the Android phones never got updated as much and as often as they should be. If you truly care, there's always the option of doing it yourself.
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    g00fysmiley , April 11, 2012 1:44 PM
    I'd buy a tablet like that for that price, probably double that (basically as a pdf viewer but still waiting to find a sub 100 buck tablet with expandable memory slot, and open droid not liek the archos limited playground... but yea thats abotu all i want shoudl be doable mayeb some will make it to the us for us cheapo people even if there is a 100% markup it'd sell :D 
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    eddieroolz , April 11, 2012 1:54 PM
    For such hardware and software, this is a bargain.
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    dreadlokz , April 11, 2012 1:56 PM
    same production price as the iPad... only difference is the specs and the apple logo ;)  now, whos making more money? ;p
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    cknobman , April 11, 2012 2:11 PM
    sidkof12my buddy's mother makes $85 hourly on the computer. She has been without a job for eight months but last month her income was $21313 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read more on this web site http://qr.net/iiwe


    Yeah tell us how she makes that money.

    On her webcam she has every hole filled with a huge 10' c_ck and drinks glasses of c_m like they are protein shakes. Then when she is done she says "Thank you may I please have another, yum yum!"
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    Anonymous , April 11, 2012 2:46 PM
    cool product.
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    rosen380 , April 11, 2012 3:25 PM
    Wait-- isn't it $35 because of a combination of lousy hardware and government subsidy? If your country's government would give you one of those crappy drug store tablets [that are retail like $99] for $35, that'd be great to get tablets in everyones hands... but I think most people who have used a good tablet and one of these cheap ones would prefer nothing to one of those...
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    blazorthon , April 11, 2012 4:04 PM
    rosen380Wait-- isn't it $35 because of a combination of lousy hardware and government subsidy? If your country's government would give you one of those crappy drug store tablets [that are retail like $99] for $35, that'd be great to get tablets in everyones hands... but I think most people who have used a good tablet and one of these cheap ones would prefer nothing to one of those...


    Like I said, it has better hardware than my android which is a fully usable phone (I think that the CPUs are about the same, but the Transform has less RAM and storage). For $35, this is better than a $150-200 smart phone. It would be very difficult to beat the value for the money that you'd get with this tablet. Besides, if I can use my phone without a problem, then this tablet should be fine. I do web browsing, Google Docs and more on it (having a small keyboard on the phone instead of using the fairly small 3.5" or 3.7" touch screen is a blessing for this stuff that a tablet with a much larger 7" screen doesn't need as much) and it can handle it, so I fail to see what the problem with this tablet is considering that overall, it's even better and is so cheap that it's hard to find an excuse to not get it unless you know for a fact that you have no interest in tablets, or at least not in a 7" tablet.

    Even then, $35 is the kind of price in which you can just get it anyway and it won't hurt your finances to play around with. Even if it cost more like $50 or $60, it would still be a steal.
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    rosen380 , April 11, 2012 4:11 PM
    Go to a drug store and try out one of those $99 tablets [with resistive vs capacitive screens]. Check out any reviews on them as well. If I was offered one of those for $35, I would still spend $200 on a Fire or $400+ to get one of the good 10" tablets.

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    richarduk , April 11, 2012 5:24 PM
    Knowing how India works, this could end in an epic failure. I hope it does live up to it's hype.
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    darksmart , April 11, 2012 5:51 PM
    invlemDamn, I'd kill for one of these, 35$, that would make the best XBMC remote ever!

    You cannot see graduates holding this tablet coz u r not from IIT..Secondly,first wave of the tablet was not so good and the launch was recalled..This upgraded version has so much in it..Though it cannot stand in front of very high end tabs like that of apple but is more than sufficient for education purpose..Bloody traitor..
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    darksmart , April 11, 2012 5:55 PM
    alyoshkaWell, these tabs are being used for Data and Census updates by the Government itself.... Haven't seen a single kid in any rural school use it until now.You find most of the Grads who have just been hired by the local govt. to collect data from the people house to house going around with these. And you know what, they still have One tab to cater for over a million people..... It is the laugh of the century if I was to see it from the eIndia POV. Where you can buy tea off the internet to a Bugatti , we still lack any sort of infrastructure to actually make these so called fancy gadgets useful at the grass root level.Even after collecting all the data, they do end up printing it on paper for the different departments of the govt. since most of them still work on the file system.My personal experience with the Dept. of Telecom , New Delhi , has been and I'd like to translate and quote the Director General Telecom's words here" Sir, you may keep harping about us going all hi-tech and dishing out all the e-services that we do to the people, but, sadly, in this department, we still function only on printed paper. We have PC's to work on and networks to handle the data, but, when it come's to working or functioning of the department, we strictly believe only in paper prints and hard copies. You can complete all the formalities online, but, they will not be held valid until you provide a printed copy of everything to us."And believe me, the time it takes to get one piece of paper to move from one level to another is like going around the world on a camel and still being faster.So all the crap about it being a 35 to 45 $ tab is really ..... dunno....like a bollywood movie.... nothing real all in the head.

    invlemDamn, I'd kill for one of these, 35$, that would make the best XBMC remote ever!


    You cannot see graduates holding this tablet coz u r not from IIT..Secondly,first wave of the tablet was not so good and the launch was recalled..This upgraded version has so much in it..Though it cannot stand in front of very high end tabs like that of apple but is more than sufficient for education purpose..Bloody traitor..
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