The Government of India this week said it will sell new tablets with Google Inc.’s Android OS for less than current devices in order to increase computer literacy.

The government this week said it will sell the tablets, called Aakash, to schools for as low as 1,100 rupees ($22 US), far less than Hewlett Packard Co.’s discontinued TouchPad at $99.00 and Inc.’s new Kindle Fire at $199.00.

It will purchase 100,000 tablets at 2,250 rupees ($46 US) each from U.K.-based DataWind Ltd and sell it to schools at subsidized prices.

The 7-inch tablet will include a 366Mhz CPU, 256MB RAM, 2GB storage, two USB ports, Wi-Fi and cellular functionality.

The device is said to be capable of playing videos, games, and Internet browsing.

HP Aug. 19 price cut the TouchPad 16GB SKU to $99.99 from $499.99 and the Best Buy Co. Inc. stores in Oct. price cut HTC Corp.’s HTC Flyer to $299.99, down $200 from the $499.99 MSRP.

The Kindle Fire, to be sold Nov. 15, includes a full-color 7-inch multi-touch IPS display, Dual-Core CPU, 8GB Internal Memory, Wi-Fi functionality, and up to eight hours of battery life at $199.00.

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