A BUDGET TABLET from India, the Aakash22 has hit British shores with a price point of under £30.
The UK designed tablet comes from electronics firm Datawind, marketed in this country as the Ubislate 7CI.
The specifications of the machine are a little wanting, but at £30 it will open up tablet computing to a lot of people for whom even a budget tablet has hitherto been out of reach. Sporting a customised version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 7in 800x400 resolution screen and 4GB of internal storage, its performance is not likely to be superlative, but should be enough to surf the web, browse social networks and play simple games.
The machine is built in Indian factories from component kits sourced from China. The processor is a Cortex A8 running at 1Ghz with no multiple cores or GPUs, and with 512MB of RAM. This is a machine comparable to those of the early days of Android tablets.
However, in spite of all that, this machine is exciting. For those of us who take technology for granted, it's easy to forget that there are still several million households in the UK that do not have access to the internet at home. By introducing hardware at this £29.99 price point, that number could start to decrease.
The original Aakash2 tablet was designed for a similar purpose with funding from the Indian government, which also provided users with access to thousands of school textbooks in e-pub format.
It has since been superseded by the Aakash3, which adds a SIM card slot and VGA camera, however there is no indication that this newer version will be adjusted and released to the British market. µ