Aakash, the cheapest Android tablet launched till date was unveiled in India on October 5, 2011. The HRD Minister of India Mr. Kapil Sibal informed that several international organizations and world leaders have shown interests in this venture initiated by the Indian government. According to Sibal, Organizations like World Bank, UNESCO and ministers and prime ministers of several nations have revealed that they have plans of purchasing thousands of Aakash tablet. However, Sibal has not yet given names of nations that are interested in buying these tablets.
The only interesting fact he revealed to the press is that the Aakash tablet was displayed to the board of directors of World Bank and the audience present at the general council meeting of UNESCO. Sibal also mentioned that talks are going on with premium bodies like International Finance Corp (they work in collaboration with top organizations like World Bank) for initiating collaborations with a goal of improving the features of the Aakash tablet.
So, how much this cheapest Android tablet cost? Currently, the device is priced at Rs 2,276; however, for students the Aakash tablet is made available at almost half of its actual price. This discounted price of Aakash is a part of Indian government’s plans of expanding education via information technology. Sibal mentioned that the manufacturer of this Android tablet, Datawind has already received an order of 1 lakh devices. He has also revealed that phase II of the Aakash Tablet will come with more advanced technologies embedded in it; according to him, it will sport a much longer battery life, a touch screen and a more powerful processor. In spite of all these changes, it will be available at the same price as the first generation Aakash tablet.