India's cheapest tablet Aakash scores 1.4 million orders

India's cheapest tablet Aakash scores 1.4 million orders
Now, not everyone out there can get the fancy iPad 2 just because it costs $499. But no one can deny that technology and tablets in particular are a welcome addition to make our lives easier. India has tackled the task directly with its super affordable under $50 Aakash tablet, and the device seems to enjoy pretty good initial sales.

In the two weeks after its roll-out on December 14th, it has reportedly sold 1.4 million units. The Aakash only costs 2,500 Indian rupees or around $40. Now for that sum you can’t expect cutting edge hardware or software, but nonetheless the Indians seem to have managed to deliver a decent device.

The Aakash features a  7” touchscreen while under the hood there’s a 366 MHz ARM-based processor, 256 MB RAM, Wi-Fi. Additionally, the tablet comes with extendible memory via a micro-SD slot. On the downside, it’s often been reported to freeze every once in a while and has no access to the Android Market but only to the third-party GetJar store for apps. Well, for around $40, you’d probably be glad to make do with that, don’t you think?

source: AFP

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33 Comments

1. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Wow a 4 cylindar tablet! Voom voom!

2. nimo

Posts: 72; Member since: Jun 11, 2010

you probably spend $40 in Mc Donalds in 1 sitting.

25. maan.

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

there is upgraded version also available with Cortex A8 – 700 Mhz nd android 2.3 @ $55

3. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

366 mhz processor!! omg i tossed the mytouch 3g out the window with a 528mhz!! imagine this, and no market?

29. blaze456

Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 06, 2010

stop making fun of them not everyone got money for iphone ok..look how good metro pcs is doing

4. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

This is basically a device for College students in India where they can access internet for their studies in university hostels or thru gprs. Again this is only for students but open to all and not for geeks or heavy tablet users. So we cant expect much for this money

5. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

wat will students eat on this table in india?

7. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

This world is not made of rich peoples and not all can own a hi tech device. What did your government invented these kind of devices for your students. Just know even many university students have their own laptop for their personalized things. Students in many countries do non sense with their computer or high end devices(Have you seen teens comments for not getting their iphone for christmas) but teens aren'e like this in India. They quarrel with parents but dont use foul languages as they do.

12. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

i ammmmmma jokingggggg

6. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

They seriously spend 50$ on this crap? I just lost all my respect to Indian people...

9. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

who cares if you dont have respect or not. First know for which purpose they release these things.

22. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

Any student who will buy this tablet for sure doesn't know how to use a PC because you're stupid if you buy such a thing like this :)

30. blaze456

Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 06, 2010

whats wrong with u not everyone got money ok..some people is glad for the little things u spoiled brat

8. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Drahmad and RamRaz69 you two are stupid as hell. This table is not for any power user or geeks.

11. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

thanks

16. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

RamRaz69? LOL

23. RazaAsad

Posts: 100; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

RamRaz69 :) this gave me a good smile.

10. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Anywhere you go, you find a bunch of incorrigible twats ready to scribble bigotry for no apparent reasons. I hate this fact. To be back on-topic, what the heck? Just 366 MHz ARM- based processor, 256 MB RAM? It's good that Indians have a goverment taking the incentive to reach out those who can't afford high-level specs but this, to me, just looks like gimmicky! I mean, wouldn't this, "it’s often been reported to freeze every once in a while", going to drive users insane?

13. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

it will get updated. Remember the apple giant had battery problems, S2 had display problems?

15. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

You know what I'll pay another 50$ if they beef up specs little bit...like a 1ghz processor and 512MB ram. One can understand why they kept market away from this tab...it can barely run android...why to put burden of other apps!

19. Epic09

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

well what kind of hardware do you expect for a $24 tablet?

14. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

@hunted Updated? I don't see what your point is? This article states that 1.4 million orders have already been placed for this tab which has the problem of freezing every now and then.

17. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

just ordered and not delivered, they might fix & deliver or they can release a s/w to fix that bug.

18. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

@hunted So, you're saying that you see a device with these specs: 366MHz processor, 256MB RAM, Wi-fi. Place an order. But what is delivered at your house is a device with 680MHz processor, 512MB RAM, Wi-fi, 3G! You don't make much sense dude. On a side note, how do I reply directly to you?

21. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

HAHA i'm not meaning like that. A software upgrade might fix that bug. Just hit the reply button appears right side of my name

26. harsh_732006

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

there is a upgraded version for a additional 10$

20. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

WiFi's and expandable GB's?! Going to India. BRB.

24. Padmasali

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

Aakash tablet is for poor economic background students in india... Commercial Aakash Tablet called as UbiSlate... it comes $20 more than original one... UbiSlate will have a resistive touchscreen, Powered by Android 2.3, Cortex A8-700 MHz processor and graphics accelerator HD video processor, 256 MB of RAM and 2 GB of internal memory. Other specifications are – one standard USB port, 3.5 mm audio jack, a 7 inch display with 800 x 480 pixel resolution, resistive touchscreen, GPRS and WiFi support.

27. jellytime

Posts: 135; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

My calculator has better specs than this.

28. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

hahahaha actually indian people are poor. they are so poor, i am afraid they may eat this tablet to satiate hunger...

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