Only a few days ago Amazon announced a cheaper Kindle Fire tablet to the Apple iPad. Now India has unveiled a $35 tablet running on Android OS. It is called the Aakash tablet and will feature a 7-inch touch screen, Android 2.2 OS, a pair of USB ports, and 256 megabytes of RAM. The Aakash will be ideal for the rural poor.
Kapil Sibal, India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, reveals a prototype tablet that will sell for $35. The low-cost computing device that is designed for students features a Linux-based operating system, a USB port, a 2 GB memory card, a web browser, multimedia player, PDF reader, Wi-Fi, and video conferencing ability.
This is a good initiative as poorer students will have a chance to obtain this tablet in India. But why would manufacturer want to deal with thinner profit margins?