The “$35 laptop” commissioned by the Indian government is becoming real. On October 5, 2011, the laptop was officially launched under the name, Aakash, which means sky. India has ordered 100,000 units at $50 a piece. The manufacturer (DataWind) has said at 2 million units, it could achieve the $35 price point. This is a remarkable achievement, because the One Laptop Per Child program has for many years been trying to achieve $100. Given the buzz already generated by the OLPC, devices like the Aakash is likely to be embraced around the world.
The specifications are not too shabby either:
OS: Android 2.2
Power: 2–3 hours non-removable battery
CPU: 366 MHz processor, on chip Graphics accelerator and HD Video processor
Storage: 2GB (Internal)Flash memory, expandable upto 32 GB microSD
Memory: 256 MB LP-DDR2/DDR2
Display: 7-inch; 800×480 resolution
Input: Multi-touch resistive touchscreen display, headset controls
Connectivity: Wi-Fi; GPRS
Some may naturally wonder how this type of products will impact companies like Apple selling iPad’s for $499+. Also, as one might expect, there are already tons of tablet choices available in China. Have a look here. $76 with slightly better specs than the Aakash.
After researching into these Android tablets, I think I am ready to trade in my iPad2 for this $379 dual-core, 10-inch, 1080p, T16 pad. It has memory expansion slot too!