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Indian-only Datwind Aakash 2 Tablet Costs Only $20, Thanks to Goverment Subsidizing

You think a bargain-bin ICS tablet for around $75-$120 is a great deal? What about $20 for a tablet? That’s exactly what Datawind is doing exclusively for the Indian market.

The Datwind-made Aakash 2 has a 1GHz processor, 7-inch display, Wi-Fi, Android 4.0 ICS and isn’t that spectacular looking but you can’t complain for $20. How did they get down to such a cheap price? Government subsidizing. The Datawind tablets actually cost $40 to make, but the government is helping cover the cost and then selling the tablets on-the-cheap to students across India.

Having a program to give tablets out to students for educational use is nothing new in India. In the past they’ve done similar things for around the US equivalent of $50 or $60– but this price is crazy low. That being said, getting a tablet like this in another country (without subsidizing) would still cost around $60-$80 in order to make a profit.

Do you think that other countries should adopt a similar policy in order to get technology into the hands of students that couldn’t otherwise afford it?

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