The concept of “appropriate technology” was showcased a couple of months ago in India in the form of the Aakash, a low-cost tablet. The Aakash is priced at just around $47 (£30), and is primarily intended for students who otherwise may not have access to a personal computing device.
It is billed as the lowest-priced tablet in the world. Having tasted major success with Aakash (bookings for this model were closed within a couple of weeks of launch), Datawind, the company that designed and developed the Aakash, has now launched an upgraded tablet called Ubislate 7. This one is priced at 25% more, which still means a price point of just about $57 (£38).
The Ubislate, or Aakash-2, as some choose to label it, is expected to ship in January. It has a 7” resistive touchscreen display capable of delivering a resolution of 800×400 pixels.
It is powered by a Cortex A8 700 MHz processor and runs on the Android 2.3 mobile operating system. The device has a graphics accelerator and HD video processor.
It comes with 256 MB of RAM and 2 GB of internal memory. It has both GPRS and Wi-Fi connectivity. Also included are one standard USB port and a 3.5 mm audio jack. The device uses a 3200mAH battery.
The Ubislate has a cellular modem, which allows the user to access the web wherever there is cellular connectivity. 2 GB of data is priced at $1.90 (£1.25). This bundled offering is expected to make the device even more popular. A SIM can be inserted and it doubles as a mobile phone too.