Aakash – Android-based tablet computers in India
Aakash a.k.a Ubislate 7+, is an Android-based tablet computers promoted by Government of India as part of an initiative to link 25,000 colleges and 400 universities in an e-learning program.
It is produced by the British-Canadian companyDataWind.It is manufactured by the India-based company Quad, at a new production centre in Hyderabad, with a planned trial run of 100,000 units.The tablet was officially launched as the Aakash in New Delhi on 5 October 2011. The Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development announced an upgraded second-generation model called Aakash 2 in April 2012.
The Aakash is a low-cost tablet computer with a 7-inch touch screen, ARM 11 processor and 256 MB RAM running under the Android 2.2 operating system. It has two universal serial bus (USB) ports and delivers high definition (HD) quality video. For applications, the Aakash will have access to Getjar, an independent market, rather than the Android Market.
Originally projected as a “$35 laptop”, the device will be sold to the Government of India and distributed to university students – initially at US$50 until further orders are received and projected eventually to achieve the target $35 price. A commercial version of Aakash is currently marketed as UbiSlate 7+ at a price of $60. The Aakash 2, codenamed UbiSlate 7C, was released on 11 November 2012 and has a configuration that is an improvement over previous versions. The tablet will be sold to MHRD at a cost of Rs.2263 and subsidised to Rs.1130 for students.
Manufacturer: VMC Systems, Hyderabad
Type: Tablet computer
Introductory price: US$35 / INR2,250
Media: GSM Device
Operating system: Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Power: 3000 mAh li-po battery
CPU : ARM 11 Cortex A8 @ 800 MHz processor
Memory : 256 MB RAM
Storage: Flash memory
Internal: 2 GB flash
External: 2 to 32 GB microSD slot
Display 800 × 480 px
7 in (18 cm) diagonal
Sound Built in microphone; stereo earphones; 3.5mm jack
Input Multi-touch touch screen
Connectivity Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n)
Online services GetJar Market
A commercial version was eventually released online as the UbiSlate7 tablet PC at INR3000 (US$49) and the Ubislate7+ tablet PC at INR3500 (US$57)on 11 November 2012 with plans to offer it at a subsidized cost for students of INR1130 (US$19).As of February 2012, DataWind had over 1,400,000 pre-orders, but had only shipped 10,000 units – 0.7% of orders.As of November 2012, many customers who put in orders still had not received their computers and were offered refunds.