The last thing that the Aakash project needed was a more handsome, similarly priced commercial rival swooping in and stealing all of its thunder. Sadly that's what's happened: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), itself currently under investigation for corruption allegations, has announced a similarly low priced tablet in partnership with Pantel International. The T-Pad IS701R costs Rs 3,250 ($66) compared to the Aakash's Rs 2,999 ($60) but this device has a faster 1GHz processor and runs Gingerbread on a 7-inch 800 x 600 resistive display. However it's not all sunshine and roses, unlike the Government-sponsored slate, there is no GPRS modem in this edition. If you want freedom from WiFi, it'll cost you Rs 10,999 (or $223). So how do the two tablets stack up? Head on past the break and we'll show you in a little more detail.

[Thanks, Syed]

Aakash
T-Pad

Price (Rs / USD) 2,999 / $60 3,250 / $66
Processor 366Mhz 1GHz
Display 7-inch 800 x 480 resistive 7-inch 800 x 600 resistive
Camera None 0.3-megapixel
RAM 256MB 256MB
Storage 2GB microSD (up to 32GB) 2GB microSD (up to 32GB)
Cellular GPRS None
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g 802.11 b/g/n
Operating System Android 2.2 Android 2.3
Battery 2,100mAh 3,000mAh

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