The $20 Tablet That Could Ruin Microsoft

The cheapest tablet in the world has a processor that rivals the original iPad's.

The $20 Tablet That Could Ruin Microsoft Photo (cc) by viagallery.com

It’s called the Aakash 2, and it’s not the toy you’d expect for its price, Quartz reports

Even jaded US gadget reviewers have found it as usable as tablets costing many times more. It has a processor as powerful as the first iPad and twice as much RAM memory. It uses Google’s Android operating system, which now runs on three out of four smartphones and four out of 10 tablets shipped worldwide. Its LCD touchscreen displays full-screen video without hiccups, it browses the web, and it even holds up when playing videogames.

People interviewed for the article suggest it means trouble for budget tablet makers, including Microsoft, Google, and Samsung. They don’t think it would have the same impact on Apple, “a company that differentiates itself by being a high-end brand.”

Suneet Tuli, the president of the company making it, thinks the device would sell in the U.S. now for about $50 – but that it may become even cheaper soon. Right now the company’s market is in India, where 95 percent of Indians have no computer, according to Quartz.

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