AcrossWorld Education, a cloud-based education company, has announced the ATab tablet for just Rs 5,000 in partnership with Go Tech, a Delhi-based manufacturer targeted at schools and colleges in India with bundled educational content. The Android tablet (the version has not bee specified) is expected to go on sale from the second week of March and will offer a 7-inch touchscreen display. Other features include 1.1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 2GB of inbuilt memory which is extensible up to 16GB and Wi-Fi & Bluetooth connectivity. It also includes 3-year free and unlimited access to AcrossWorld Education’s proprietary education platform – EducationBridge which allows academic institutions, teachers and students to use variety of open educational resources.
A few day ago, BSNL had launched a low-priced tablet called the Penta T-Pad to give some competition to the Aakash tablet. While the government hasn’t even started the bid to select a manufacturer for the production of the second-generation of Aakash tablet, it appears as if other players are taking advantage of this opportunity and are trying to capture this segment. The Aakash tablet is also meant for the school and college students of India, like the ATab tablet. It will be interesting to see which one fares better.