Wednesday, 21 December 2011

College students will get Aakash Tablet in 1138 INR (23$) only

In previous news, we informed you that Datawind had offered Aakash Tablet in retail just 2500 INR (around 50$) to anyone in India. They did sell 30,000 pieces of Aakash tablet in less than a week.

Initially, Aakash Tablet was supposed to be sold to the students at around 35$. Government has asked 100 university across India to supply number of Aakash Tablet that would be needed by colleges in those university.The first news that has come in this regard is, Mumbai university has asked colleges affiliated with them to supply number of Aakash Tablet that are needed in respective colleges. Price of tablet as announced in Mumbai University is only 1138 INR (around 23$) only against 35$ as reported earlier.It would be same tablet that was sold out earlier this week in retail for 2500 INR (50$). Point to note here is students will get 50% subsidy that’s why price is only 23$ or 1138 INR only.

You can read complete specification of this Aakash Tablet here.

FAQ

  1. How can I get this tablet in 1138 INR? – Distribution of Aakash tablet is done via respective colleges, so please contact your college. News has come from Mumbai university that university has asked about requirements from colleges.
  2. What option would be for Network connectivity ?– one should be able to connect via wi-fi.
  3. Will it will have SIM and GPRS? – The current version of Aakash Tablet sold in retail for 2500 INR (50$) or sold to students at subsidized price of 1138 INR (23$) doesn’t have SIM card option hence no GPRS connection.
  4. I am not a student how can I buy this? – Retail version of this is sold out, you will have to wait for new announcement. Also, you may pre-book Ubislate (enhanced version of Aakash Tablet with SIM and GPRS option). It is expected to be available at the end of January 2012.
  5. What is warranty of these Aakash Tablet? – The Aakash Tablet version available to students will have 1 year replacement warranty. . Its not clear yet what would be warranty conditions for Aakash Tablet sold in retail.

Do you still have a question? Please post it in comments or Google Group AakashGroup.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Now Buy Aakash Tablet Online

Aakash Tablet is available to those who want to buy it. However, currently the version that is being sold is same as what will be available for students at the cost of around 35$. It has WIFI connectivity but not gsm. If you are looking for set that has WIFI as well as GSM you can do a preorder. However, If you want to try just WIFI version you are good to go.

Specification Detail
Pricing Rs. 2500
Microprocessor Arm11 – 366 MHz
Battery 2100 mAh
OS Andriod 2.2
Network WiFi
Mode of Payment Cash On Delivery
How to order visit http://www.aakashtablet.com

 

Aakash Tablet complete specification.

Also, if you have bought any Aakash Tablet, Let us know  how it works for you. Are you satisfied with it? Times of India also have following information

“Aakash's next commercial version called the Ubislate 7, which has a faster processor, is slated to be launched late January. Ubislate 7 is set to have a 700 Mhz processor compared to the 366 MHz processor in Aakash. Ubislate 7 will be priced at Rs 3000 for sale online.”

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Update – Order website is down, you may also order by calling toll free number 18001802180. thank you, Uttam Rana for the information

Update – There were 30,000 Aakash tablet without sim, all of them are sold already. So if you are looking for one, you will have to wait. Or you can prebook UbiSlate 7 (The upgraded version of Aakash Tablet), priced 2999 INR and expected to arrive in late January 2012.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Aakash tablet is delayed

Times of India has published a news item, informing that Aakash will be delayed till end of January. Initially, it was planned to enter the market by November end. As per news the project has encountered few roadblocks.The delay is reportedly due to upgradation and some unforeseen problems in manufacturing.

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Friday, 28 October 2011

Aakash tablet performance improvement in Pipeline

Deccan Herald has published that Government has asked Datawind to provide jack to connect it to wired network. I assume its talking about ethernet cable jack RJ45. It will certainly make the tablet more useful. In second improvement in pipeline is replacing resistive display with captive display. If they can do this in similar price range, one day, people may even buy Ubislate (Aakash tablet’s commercial version) instead of Amazon’s kindle Fire!!

We will to wait and watch for the improvements.

Read story in full

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

A great Aakash Tablet Review

Venturebeat got a copy of Ubislate (Aakash commercial version) and they have done a positive review of the tablet, over all.

“The screen is pressure sensitive (also called resistive touch) and responds somewhat slowly to gestures.”

“However, the speed is going to be quite sufficient for someone who has never in his or her life had a smartphone or computer.”

“he unmistakable impression we all got from using the Aakash tablet was that it is built for performance. Every design choice that might seem like a negative reveals three, four, five — or more — net benefits.”

“Now imagine the educational potential of the world’s lowest-cost tablet being unleashed to hundreds of millions Indians eager to join the world economy. At the heart of the Aakash tablet is an HD video co-processor that will connect viewers to one of the largest educational libraries ever assembled: YouTube. When the Aakash tablet reaches villages across India, an entire generation will have instant access to rich educational content such as the Khan Academy, and anything else their hearts desire.”

Read full Aakash tablet review

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Will story of Aakash can boost Electronics Manufacturing Services industry in India

Tehelka has come up with story “ The story behind Aakash”. Article is written by Mr Gururaj, an executive in Quad Electronic Solutions (P) Ltd. Aakash has to cater 22 million Indian students and faculty. It may boost India as Electronics Manufacturing Services industry in India. Quad Electronic Solutions is one of manufacturer of Aakash.

He has tried to project the growth in domestic demand and increasing outsourcing trends in the industry. He predicts from current 20 Billion dollar domestic industry it may reach 400 billion dollar domestic industry by 2020. And India will emerge has one of major destinations of Electronic Manufacturing Services industry globally by 2020. He has done deep analysis and presented data in detail. You can read the story at Tehelka.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Aakash Tablet’s manufacturing cost is below 35$

Aakash tablet’s cost is below 35$ (Apprx INR 1750), But government has asked for replacement warranty and not repair warranty. Datawind has disclosed that this dimension and taxes has added in the final cost of the product that is around 50$. Government will buy the tablets at this rate for 1 lakh pieces (1,00,000).

Mr Tuli, CEO of Datawind said if and when government orders 1 million or more pieces of Aakash, he may deliver it at around 35$. Points to remember is in first batch government has ordered only 1,00,000 Aakash tablets. Once it is tested in market they may order million pieces. In that scenario government will not have to pay any subsidy.

Read full coverage at Hindu

Monday, 10 October 2011

Aakash Tablet Price and how to Buy Aakash Tablet

Aakash Tablet is name of student version of tablet. Tablet is manufactured by Datawind.Student version of Aakash Tablet will be available to students via their respective institutions. In first batch 1,00,000 tablets will be available to students. To buy Aakash Tablet students should contact their institutions respectively.

Price of Aakash Tablet

  • For students price of tablet would be INR 1500 to INR 1750
  • Cost of producing first batch of 1, 00,000 units of Aakash Tablet is around 38$
  • Warranty, transportation and other cost is around 12$.
  • So, effective cost for each device is around 50$ around INR 2300.
  • Government will provide subsidy 50% subsidy.
  • When first 1,00,000 devices are delivered and tested in field, government will order a million units. It is expected that cost of producing the device will further reduce in second batch.

Price of commercial version of Aakash Tablet aka Ubislate

  • Once first batch of 1,00,000 tablets are delivered to students via Government of India, Datawind will also launch it commercial version of it.
  • Price of Ubislate 7 would be INR 3,000 (60$).
  • It will be enhanced version of Aakash Tablet with SIM module and GPRS modem.
  • Datawind is also trying to negotiate with Mobile operators and will sell INR 98 GPRS connection for 2Gb.
  • It is expected Ubislate will be available commercially in November,2011.

How to buy Ubislate

  • Ubislate will be sold from Datawind website directly, its not clear yet if it will be sold via retailer channels as well.
  • You can book Ubislate from their website, when it will be ready you will be notified.
  • You don’t need to pay any money right now, so go ahead and book a Ubislate, if you like. You can do so by visting following website.

Reserve Ubislate Now

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Sky can be limit for Aakash : Economic times review

Aakash can go long way in bridging digital divide in India. It may have limitations but can do the work it is made for. Economic times has dealt this topic in detail.

“bridge the digital divide in the country and provide an affordable platform, particularly for young high school students who can use it as their tool to listen to lectures, experiment, read books, communicate with their friends and play. In essence, address all the 4Ls of learning . lectures, labs, library and life.”

what will make Aakash to succeed.

Economic times ponder that mobile phone revolution will make Aakash commercial version to succeed. Also this is already a ready made market for Aakash.

“In addition, Indian mobile subscribers enjoy the lowest voice and SMS tariff in the world. The success one associates with the mobile phones is not to be found in other related products . personal computers, for example, the desktop, laptop or the newly introduced tablet category. India even today has a low PC penetration or Internet connectivity (around 10% only).”

Read complete story at Economic Times

Friday, 7 October 2011

Aakash Tablet Review : Financial times

Financial Times has positive review of Aakash Tablet. They says Sky is the limit for Aakash, which can bridge digital divide in India.

““Aakash brings a technology out of its purchasing power cage,” the English language newspaper Hindustan Times said in an editorial. “Quantity has a quality of its own. This inexpensive device should be a game changer in a country like ours.”

Financial Times Review

Aakash Tablet will be tested by Students

Daily Bhaskar has reported that Twenty students of Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) and 22 students of Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Viswavidyalaya, the State Technological University of MP, (RGPV) have received the tablets. They will test the tablet for 45 days. IIT Chennai and IIT Jadavpur are co-ordinating the testing phase.

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Aakash Tablet Features and Specs

Aakash is a versatile tablet for Indian students. Tablet would be very useful for e-learning. Campuses are being wi-fi enabled in mean time. You can see Aakash Tablet Features and Specs in following post.

Aakash tablet Features and Specs

Thursday, 6 October 2011

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Specification of Cheapest Tablet computer Aakash’s commercial version aka Ubislate 7

This is a enhanced version of Aakash will be known as Ubislate 7. It will have everything that is available in Aakash and a few more things.

  • GPRS Embedded modem and SIM card slot – The commercial version of the product will be available sometime in November. It will have a SIM card slot and embedded GPRS modem.So, people can connect to internet either via WI-FI or GPRS.
  • Price – Price of Ubislate 7 would be INR 2999 (60$)

Specification of Aakash Tablet Computer, the cheapest Tablet computer

On 5th October Aakash Tablet was launched by Indian HRD minister Kapil Sibal. It is manufactured by company Datawind in Hyderabad. Specification is of Aakash tablet computer that would be available to students via government subsidy.

Hardware

Dimension or Form Factor Length - 190.5 mm
Width – 118.5 mm
Height – 15.7 mm
Display/Input device 7” resistive touch screen
Resolution 800x480 pixel resolution
Weight 350 Grams
Processor

Connexant 366 Mhz processor with Graphics accelerator and HD Video processor
Network Connectivity Wi-fi enabled IEEE 802.11 a/b/g
Connectivity two USB 2.0 full USB port
Memory (RAM) 256Mb
Storage (internal) 2Gb Flash
Storage (external) 2 Gb to 32 Gb microSD supported
Battery

2100 mAh, up to 180 minutes, NDTV has reported that 1.5 to 2 hours when watching full HD videos
Audio out 3.5 mm port

Software

  • Operating System – Android 2.2
  • Apps store – GetJar no support for Android market place
  • Document rendering - Supported Document formats: DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, ODT, ODP
  • PDF Support – Yes, PDF viewer
  • Text Editor – Yes
  • Image viewer supported formats: PNG, JPG, BMP and GIF
  • Supported audio formats: MP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, WMA
  • Supported video formats: MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, FLV
  • Web browser - Standards Compliance: xHTML 1.1 compliant, JavaScript 1.8 compliant
  • Separate application for online YouTube video

Cost and Pricing

  • Initial Cost : Initially cost of production for Aakash tablet is around INR 2276 (Around 50$)
  • Price : Student will get the device in around 35$ (INR 1730), government will bear the subsidy.

Note : Specs is for student edition that will be available by institutions of study

Source : NDTV,