Launched today, Oct. 5, Aakash (Hindi word for sky) at a government-subsidized price of $35 is stated to be the world’s cheapest tablet computer. The open market price – with more features and connectivity options – will be $60 (about Rs. 3,000).

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Working on Android platform, the Aakash tablet is being offered by Datawind company. The low-cost device will mainly target students in the Indian market.

Recently, Beetel Teletech, India’s leading manufacturer and distributor of telecom and allied products, has introduced Beetel Magiq, an Android 2.2 tablet for the Indian market. (Read: Get Ready to Taste the Indian Tablet Beetel Magiq)

The commercial version of Aakash tablet is expected to be available in the market before the end of this year.

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About Rakesh Raman

Have extensive editorial, content management, and integrated communications experience and have worked as a senior tech journalist, analyst, and columnist with different newspapers, magazines, and Web/online properties in India.

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