India has launched the world’s cheapest touchscreen tablet computer – with an off-the-shelf price of around $60. The Aakash tablet was formerly known as Sakshat, with a subsidised price tag of $35 although its first attempt at the market was quite disappointing.
The Aakash tablet is a budget device and like its predecessor, it is aimed mainly at students. It comes with lower specifications when compared with regular tablets and netbooks with only 256 GB of memory, 2GB of storage and a very slow 366MHz processor.
However, Aakash has a built-in wifi and GPRS data connectivity in the slightly more advanced version, with 3G planned later. Other features include two USB sockets, a micro-SD card slot and GetJar, a relatively limited app-selling market. Furthermore, it comes with a 7-inch screen size with up to 3 hours battery life.