Thursday, March 1, 2012

Aakash gets more low-cost tablet competition

Students in India will have more options to choose from as far as low-cost tablets go with a global education company launching an android tablet costing Rs.5,000.


International education company AcrossWorld along with Delhi-based Go-Tech would launch a tablet, called ATabin, in the second week of March.

The seven-inch android touchscreen tablet will have a three-year free access to education technology platform 'EducationBridge' which allows academic institutions, teachers and students to use a variety of content and educational resources through a software called open source.

The tablet, however, is not that cheap as Aakash, which the government had launched in 2011. Aakash is the world's lowest priced tablet at $35 (about Rs.1,700).

The launch comes days after BSNL's entry into the low-cost tablet segment with three tablets of its own.

Announcing the launch, president and chief executive of AcrossWorld, Stephan Thieringer said the tablet will make a variety of resources available to Indian students.

According to company officials, about a dozen schools and colleges from various Indian cities such as Delhi, Kanpur, Allahabad, Rourkela and Gaujarala have indicated keen interest in the tablet.