$35 Indian tablet makes its debut at $45 for students

indiatabletIt looks like the vapor surrounding India’s $35 tablet has congealed directly into a solid. The Aakash tablet is being made by Canadian manufacturer Datawind, and the Indian government is ordering 100,000 of them at at 2,200 rupees per unit ($44.50), though Datawind says that a planned larger order will drop the effective price per unit down closer to $35.

In two months, a SIM-slot-equipped version of the device, branded “Ubislate”, will be available to consumers for 2,999 rupees ($60.70). The tablet will have a 366MHz processor, 7” resistive touchscreen, 256Mb RAM, a 32Gb SD card slot, and two USB ports, running Android 2.2 (Froyo). With those specs, it’s basically an oversized low-end smartphone without the phone.

Interestingly enough, the Ubislate looks like it will be available in the west for £99 ($152.89)+£6 shipping. That’s a bit more than I’d pay for something with such low specs, especially since for $50 more I could get a Fire. Though I wonder if that’s just the price in the UK, and the price if it comes to the US could be a more sensible $99? At that price, it might sell a lot.

Regardless, the inexpensive tablet certainly could be transformative for India, where only 8% of citizens have Internet access. I do have to say that it’s a little weird to have a Western manufacturer making cheap hardware for use in Asia, rather than the other way around.

Engadget also has a story on the tablet.

4 Comments on $35 Indian tablet makes its debut at $45 for students

  1. Not likely, there’s already a stack of cheapo tablets around $100

  2. Cheap resistive screen? No sale at any price.

  3. I need this tablet….i stay in bangalore i need to get the full detail of this tablet…i need to know when i can buy it in banglore where….i m a degree student…….can i book this tablet online…..i need to know full thingof this tablet…..so please mail me the detail and everthing…i m intersted in this tab

  4. Shraddha Borkar // December 26, 2011 at 4:21 am //

    I need this tablet….i stay in Pune i need to get the full detail of this tablet…i need to know when i can buy it in pune where….i m a degree student…….can i book this tablet online…..i need to know full thingof this tablet…..so please mail me the detail and everthing…i m intersted in this tab

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