India has launched what it says is the world’s cheapest touch-screen tablet computer, priced at just $35 (£23). Costing a fraction of Apple’s iPad, the subsidised Aakash is aimed at students. It supports web browsing and video conferencing, has a three-hour battery life and two USB ports, but questions remain over how it will perform. (bbc news)
The government is aiming the tablet, called Aakash, at college students and will offer a subsidy to drive the price down to $35. There are plans to sell it at retail for $60, according to a Reuters report.
Analyst Avi Greengart said that when he sees cheap tablets they are just that — cheap tablets. And since no one really needs a tablet, people who are going to buy one want a good one. But in a nation with more than a billion people, most of whom could never afford an iPad, DataWind may see a windfall with its low-cost computing approach