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.
October 17, 2011 at 9:45 pm
Pre Booking of this gadget is also started in India. Currently its only for Indians
October 18, 2011 at 5:39 am
Wow, $60 for a touchscreen tablet computer. Would the Aakash tablet be sold in the United States too or is this just in India? I always wanted a touchscreen tablet but they are way too expensive over here. Other than the battery life only being 3 hours this is a great price for this type of technology.
October 18, 2011 at 11:01 am
Wow, a $60 touchcreen tablet computer! Where on earth can you get that super-low priced tablet, I guess only in India. The features are simple yet very okay for students’ use. This is totally a great deal! Thanks for sharing this great review of Aakash tablet.
October 18, 2011 at 5:49 pm
This is an inexpensive tablet, but I have found some others that are just a touch more, and I would wonder about limited apps for it.
Actually bought a tablet with the Android OS for a little over $100– of course, there are literally hundreds of Apps for Android.
October 18, 2011 at 7:42 pm
Thats cheaper than a phone! Its £35 that would work out at, I hope this is a sign of things to come
October 19, 2011 at 2:11 am
I am really impressed with the price.. is this a sign of how cheap they can get in the future? nice!
October 20, 2011 at 7:09 am
Definitely cheap but I hope that the features and performance are not in proportion with price tag! Good job by the makers!
October 20, 2011 at 3:25 pm
I’d watch out for the performance as well..
October 21, 2011 at 1:18 pm
You get what you pay for.
This pad is way too slow, and all the other specs are very bad as well.
Rather have no tablet pc than one that will frustrate the hell out of me.
My gf. got a Chinese tablet, around the same price as this one. A bit faster but with a resistive (if that’s how you write it)screen. She used it a couple of times but it’s collecting dust now.
Better get a decent one or don’t get one at all. $60 is still a lot of money for something you won’t use 😉
October 22, 2011 at 1:48 pm
October 23, 2011 at 5:21 am
akash tablet will be launching in india for $35
October 30, 2011 at 11:02 am
I think its indeed the most cheapest tablet computer in the world. But will the quality be reliable or because its far more cheaper than the other brands, this table will just be a disposable gadget for students?
November 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm
I really think this really is the cheapest tablet too! wow.
December 8, 2011 at 10:59 am
I think Kindle Fire is still the best tablet PC if you cannot afford the giant iPad. To be honest, i am actually kind of baffled because before the giant iPad, even iPhone was introduced to the world, Kindle from Amazon was actually the first genuine tablet or e-book reader.
But now, Apple’s iPad has taken the control of the market sharing for tablet PC around this globe, even when it’s sold in a crazy price. That’s why, if you have a tight budget to buy a tablet PC, Kindle is still the alternative for iPad.
January 1, 2012 at 5:27 pm
At the moment the specs seem pretty bad but this does make me think of the future of India. Is it headed towards technology more like its other Asian neighbours? Would be interesting to see if there are any tablets from India aimed at the UK market. There is also less of a language barrier between India and the west so things may be promising.
March 27, 2012 at 3:12 am
Wow, this tablet really is cheap. But do this tablet has a good quality? Most buyers were looking for tablets with good quality and cheap. Hope its nice. And do this tablet can also be bought in US, I just thought maybe its only for India.
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January 15, 2013 at 1:26 pm
It is a really good post. Im definitely very pleased that i found this particular blog post. Thanks for your insight. I am really impressed with the price.
May 15, 2013 at 4:06 am
Did we have to find a cheap price? how about the quality?
July 12, 2013 at 4:12 pm
If you want cheap you will never get quality!
April 7, 2014 at 4:56 am
No idea where is this akash tablet now.Due to it bad quality parts brought from China and coming of good quality tablets with low price from companies like micromax caused akash tablet to thrown out of the market.Anyway good article brother