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