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First Pictures: The Aakash, India's $50 Tablet

First Pictures: The Aakash, India

Kapil Sibal's long awaited, homemade tablet is finally a reality. At $50, it's pricier than it was meant to be but is still the cheapest tablet available. We saw the prototype a year ago and the finished product is completely different. It has a resistive 7-inch touchscreen and is called the Aakash. (Photo Credit: Sameer Mitha)

First Pictures: The Aakash, India

The device supports two full USB ports. You will not only be able to view content on the device but connect their internet dongle as well. (Photo Credit: Sameer Mitha)

First Pictures: The Aakash, India

The device supports a 3.5mm headphones port but no loud speaker. (Photo Credit: Sameer Mitha)

First Pictures: The Aakash, India

You will only be able to charge the device through a dedicated DC in. The 2100mAh battery will last for two or three hours depending on use. (Photo Credit: Sameer Mitha)

First Pictures: The Aakash, India

The device is 100% made in India and there is a sticker at the back to emphasize this fact. The device costs $37.98 to manufacture and will be available through retail for $49.98. The extra dollars include shipping and other costs. (Photo Credit: Sameer Mitha)

First Pictures: The Aakash, India

The device comes with a bunch of preloaded apps but lacks the Android Market Place. Instead, there will be a dedicated app store to provide educational content to students. (Phot Credit: Sameer Mitha)

First Pictures: The Aakash, India

The prototype ran on Android 2.1 but the final build runs on Android 2.2. (Photo Credit: Sameer Mitha)

First Pictures: The Aakash, India

The device is Wi-Fi enabled allowing easy web browsing. Future models will be GPRS and SIM card enabled. (Photo Credit: Sameer Mitha)

First Pictures: The Aakash, India

You do have the option to purchase a carrying case for the device that also supports a keyboard. This will cost you an additional Rs. 300 in the retail market. (Photo Credit: Sameer Mitha)

First Pictures: The Aakash, India

Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO of manufacturers Datawind, says the device will be called the Ubislate in the retail market. Even with the low price tag, The device is profitable and the most expensive component is the screen which costs under $10 to produce. (Photo Credit: Sameer Mitha)

First Pictures: The Aakash, India

Kapil Sibal proudly shows off the tablet. After a year of speculation, he can finally put rumour to rest with the finished product. (Photo Credit: Sameer Mitha)

First Pictures: The Aakash, India

Our very own Gadget Guru, Rajiv Makhni in exclusive conversation with Kapil Sibal about the growth, future and possibilities of the device. (Photo Credit: Sameer Mitha)

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