Remember the Indian idea of launching the cheapest tablet in the world? Its latest model, with state-sponsored financial support, will be even cheaper.
The Aakash project officially debuted in New Delhi in 2011, with the goal of providing millions of computer students with affordable computing. Thanks to government subsidies, the project has been a complete success, and India is already preparing the fourth generation of this tablet, which will become even cheaper and will cost as little as £ 14.
Kapil Sibal, the Hindu telecommunication minister, has confirmed that the new tablet will hit store shelves in January next year. The manufacturer of the device will no longer be the company Datawind, which has so far been dealing with its delivery. A few days ago, a bidding for equipment supply was organized, in which 18 companies competed and soon we will know its winner.
The 7-inch tablet costs £ 24.60, but as Sibal says, its price may be lowered to the said £ 14. For this price we get at least 1 GB of DDR3 SDRAM, 4 GB of expandable memory with 32 GB SD card and enough battery capacity to last for at least three hours of 720p video playback and five hours of web surfing.