Indian government plans to reduce price of the Aakash 2 tablet to Rs 1,500 ($28)

February 12, 2013
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The world’s cheapest tablet, the Aakash 2, just got cheaper! Kapil Sibal, India’s IT and Telecom Minister, announced at a media event in Delhi that the government has asked the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, the partner in the Aakash project, to reduce the price of the Aakash tablet to Rs 1,500 (~$28). Currently, the Indian government is buying the Aakash 2 from manufacturers DataWind at Rs 2,263 (~$43), while offering the same to the Indian student community at a highly-subsidized rate of Rs 1,131 (~$22).

What this low price point will get you is a 7-inch capacitive display with 800 x 480 resolution, single-core ARM Cortex-A8 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB internal storage expandable via microSD up to 32GB, a 0.3MP front-facing camera, and a 3,000mAh battery. Obviously not the best specs around, but at that price, and considering the target consumer base, the Aakash tablet is absolutely  amazing!

With plans to reduce the Rs 2,263 price point even further down to Rs 1,500, it’s logical that the device might get even cheaper for Indian students, expanding its reach even further to the millions of students currently a part of the Indian education system. Of course, while the idea is impressive, execution has been a huge problem so far. The first Aakash tablet announced two years back never made it. The Aakash 2 has been plagued with logistical difficulties as well, and is not even close to reaching the targets that had been set by the government.

What are your thoughts? While the plans sound good, do you think it will ever come to fruition, at least the extent the government has planned? Are you waiting to pick up an Aakash 2 tablet?

Comments

  • randy ranga

    this tablet is a disgrace to india

    • Ibrahim Ng’eno

      why?

    • http://twitter.com/piyushr21 Piyush

      dude everyone are not rich like you , thus tablet is not for you but for poor people mainly student who cant afford , to connect to internet at affordable price and educate them . So just shut up.

      • akagamishanks

        well said Piyush

      • Sandeep Nadella

        So u r expecting wifi in government schools………..lol….
        Even if u say gprs is another option it costs rs100 monthly which is costly for poor people……….No Offence :p

  • http://twitter.com/sagarmakkar Balvinder Makkar

    and when are they planning to make it available..lol:P

  • http://www.facebook.com/The.Sarcastic.Comedian Aditya N Murthy

    I waited for 10 months for this tablet after pre-ordering it. I never got it. Had to file a complaint and finally got the refund. Such a disgrace.

  • Nishant

    any idea, no matter how good, or ambitious or well intended if it is not executed, it does not make sense. It leaves people frustrated.

  • Sazz

    I think waiting for Aakash 3 would be better http://grabcomp.blogspot.in/2012/12/aakash-3.html