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India's $45 tablet still selling like crazy


India's $45 tablet still selling like crazy






has received 25,000 requests for India's first low-cost Android tablet, dubbed Aakash,
with more requests expected for the device which has already seen over 1 million orders
from commercial buyers since its debut. The tablet reportedly will cost students a subsidized
 rate priced at 1,138 rupees (US$23).
An official from the university added that modifications would be made to the device to
 incorporate the needs of the universities and central government. "The initial product had
 a lot of complaints from users. They are being modified now to suit everybody's
requirements," he said.
The Indian government first introduced the Aakash tablet in October last year, unveiling
a 7-inch touchscreen tablet running on Android 2.2 and featuring Wi-Fi, multimedia and videoconferencing capabilities. The government said the tablet was targeted at local
students and would likely be sold through universities and colleges instead of retail channels. Spokesperson for the human resources development ministry, Mamata Varma, then told
AFP that the device cost 2,200 rupees (US$45), while a separate report by Reuters said
 students would pay a subsidized rate.Earlier in January, orders for Aakash totaled
1.4 million units just two weeks after it was made commercially available for sale online.


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India's $45 tablet still selling like crazy






has received 25,000 requests for India's first low-cost Android tablet, dubbed Aakash,
with more requests expected for the device which has already seen over 1 million orders
from commercial buyers since its debut. The tablet reportedly will cost students a subsidized
 rate priced at 1,138 rupees (US$23).
An official from the university added that modifications would be made to the device to
 incorporate the needs of the universities and central government. "The initial product had
 a lot of complaints from users. They are being modified now to suit everybody's
requirements," he said.
The Indian government first introduced the Aakash tablet in October last year, unveiling
a 7-inch touchscreen tablet running on Android 2.2 and featuring Wi-Fi, multimedia and videoconferencing capabilities. The government said the tablet was targeted at local
students and would likely be sold through universities and colleges instead of retail channels. Spokesperson for the human resources development ministry, Mamata Varma, then told
AFP that the device cost 2,200 rupees (US$45), while a separate report by Reuters said
 students would pay a subsidized rate.Earlier in January, orders for Aakash totaled
1.4 million units just two weeks after it was made commercially available for sale online.


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