A little-known UK electronics company has teamed up with the Indian government to offer a new touchscreen tablet computer for the staggeringly low price of $35 to students and eventually for $60 to anyone throughout the country.
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The "Aakash" tablet (translated from Hindi as "Sky") from DataWind was unveiled on Wednesday in Dehli. It runs Android 2.2, boasts a 7-inch resistive LCD screen, a camera for videoconferencing, Wi-Fi connectivity, 2 GB of memory but up to 32 GB via expandable microSD cards, and even features something the iPad and new Kindle Fire lack: USB ports - 2 of them to be exact.
"We're very happy with the product," said DataWind production manager Chao Wang, in a phone interview with TPM on Thursday. "Of course, like everyone, we're always inspired by Apple and the iPad."