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  1. download44

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    Just wanted to share this news, seems like using Android's OS makes Tablet production really cheap. How else do you explain this new Tablet, called Aakash costing $60? And thats the non-subsidized price. Subsidized price is $35. That's cheaper than a tank of gas.

    Launched today, here are some specs of this new Tab

    - Android OS 2.2 Froyo
    - 377 MHz processor (what?)
    - No Android marketplace access (why?)
    - 7" screen
    - no camera (meh)
    - 2 USB slots, 1 SD reader (alright, not bad!)

    I'm a bit skeptical on the need for such a cheap tablet at the cost of downgrading quality and features.
    Someone should review this for us (hint)

    Original news article with full specs & pics

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    I think that's the frequency my phone operates at when it's asleep.

    Oh, and the article said it was designed primarily for educational purposes. Load a bunch of textbooks on the thing and it becomes a very cheap e-reader with some other little bells and whistles. I can understand a really cheap tablet for that.
     
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    Yeah its designed mainly for rural students. But with a 3 hour battery life, you won't even last an entire school-day!
     
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    With the resistive touch screen, you wouldn't want to use it for 3 hours straight, anyways.
     
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    The screen is the most expensive component of the tab at $10. Anything else (capacitive) would drive the price up.
     
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    Oh, I know. I thought we were playing tag with 'point out the worst feature' :p
     
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    haha, too easy in this case.
     
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    ...in China.

    This sort of thing is usually sold as an e-book reader and/or educational device. A good battery life would be nice to have though.
     
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    Its meant for people who have never held an iPad or could afford a computer.
    It will be pre-loaded with educational content from local universities. Mostly textbooks or video lectures.
    Not so much Call of Duty.
     

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