Indian affordable Aakash tablet getting ICS, wants to prove low specs can handle it

Indian affordable Aakash tablet getting ICS, wants to prove low specs can handle it
The Indian tablet Aakash made it into the headlines with its extremely affordable price. Initially, it was aiming for $35 apiece - truly a tablet for everyone in the second most populous country in the world.

And now it’s getting its second edition, but what surprising about it is not that ground-breaking specs. It’s got a single core 800 MHz processor and 256 MB of RAM with 2 gigs of internal storage. What’s surprsing is that it wants to run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Why is this shocking? Well, first of all it’s below the minimum requirements for the operating system. And second of all, if it runs fine, it will put a serious question for all handset makers that chose to update only limited handsets to the latest Android. Most explained that the low specs prevented mid-range devices to get bumped up to ICS.

Of course, there’s also the likely possibility of the Aakash tablet running painfully slow, just like many other underspecced Chinese slates out there. But we’ll keep a close watch and let you know.

source: SlashGear

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28 Comments

1. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Slow Os. + fragmentation + cheap = downfall. Of android.. (I am waiting, the usual droidrage army)

2. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

same ui +fragmentation after it falls down to floor + same size =downfall of apple (I am waiting ,the usual apple fanboys)

9. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

awesome reply...

3. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I'd get it. Even if it were slow, it's less than $50, and runs ICS. If it wasn't fast enough for me, I could either sell it, or let my nephews use it for games

4. windowsRocks

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

I like ICS on my Galaxy s2 but, ICS on Aakash tablet really made me surprised. Even if ICS runs successfully on low end devices like Aakash tablet .They wont be able to take the real taste of Ice Cream Sandwich.

5. Republican

Posts: 99; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

More crap for poor people. What India needs is a Foxconn factory.

6. windowsRocks

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

Are you rich enough to buy Aakash tablet?

8. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

India already has foxconn factory & apple iphones are assembled there. that includes ipod's too

12. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Republican is a snob...

20. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Actually.. Foxconn India do not make apple... All appy products are made in China Plants... IPAD IPOD IPHONE n everything.. India Fx make only very low end Nokia Phones...

19. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

They Already got Two Foxconn S**t in India already.. No Bull S**t...

7. Republican

Posts: 99; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

The company? A couple of them,actually... The only reason I would is to shut it down.

10. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

heheheheh. Republican.... you have an iPhone i take it?

11. Republican

Posts: 99; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

But of course; It's the only true choice for Upper Class discerning individuals.

15. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

O RLY?

16. eyephone

Posts: 69; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

If ur so upper class y use have apple Iphone there for everyone even Cleaners have them.... upper class and celebs use Nokia 8800 series vertu phones

18. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

because he is a right wing republican...

14. beatsandmelody

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

Well, Gingerbread took a bit of effort to get on the 256 MB RAM (with 256 ROM) Droid 1, and it didn't run the best. It worked, but install any Google app or modern app (they have large footprints) and it's going to be an exercise in frustration. I don't see it happening, or even being worthwhile.

28. Republican

Posts: 99; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Welcome onboard,Hussain. Together we shall rule the Galaxy!!!

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