Sarkaar Launches Aakash

The 7" ultra-low-cost tablet is finally a reality.


India's much awaited super-cheap tablet is now officially launched. Originally known as Sakshat, the device has now been named as Aakash. Manufactured by UK-based DataWind, the tablet costs the government Rs 2250 per unit. A total of one lakh units will be acquired initially. During the launch event, the generous HRD Minister Kapil Sibal distributed 500 gadgets in New Delhi.

Aakash is powered by a 366 MHz CPU with a graphics accelerator and 256 MB of RAM. Its 7" resistive touchscreen display has pixel dimensions of 800x480. Other features include GPRS, Wi-Fi, a 3.5 mm jack, USB port, and 32 GB memory card support. The device will run Android 2.2 (Froyo) and will be capable of displaying 720p video.

Here's the list of supported file formats:

  • Document formats: DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, ODT, ODP, PDF.
  • Image formats: PNG, JPG, BMP, GIF.
  • Audio formats: MP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, WMA.
  • Video formats: MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, FLV.

The device will initially be made available to post-secondary students at an expected price of Rs 1750. It will also go commercial by end of November, when it is expected to retail at Rs 3000. A keyboard portfolio case for the tablet will also be made available during the commercial launch at an additional cost of Rs 300.

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