Yep, a company called DataWind has just teamed up with the Indian Institute of Technology (Rajasthan) to deliver a tablet aimed Indian students – and it costs a whopping £40. The tablet is called Aakash (meaning sky) and it is subsidised, but apparently does things that most tablets do ie browses the web, takes pictures, allows video conferencing.
It has a 7 inch screen, runs Android 2.2 Froyo operating system, features a 366 MHz processor includes a HD video co-processor and graphic accelerator, and 256 MB of RAM.
The theory is that as high speed wireless broadband is rolled out across the country, the Aakash will give Internet access to students in more rural areas.
The Aakash will be assembled in India, at DataWind’s production centre in Hyderabad.
There’s a full review of the device here.
Datawind currently has a £99 tablet on sale in the UK in the guise of the UbiSurferTouch
Incidentally the cheapest UK tablet is currently this one – which retails for not much more than £60.