Aakash pushed back till next year
The world’s cheapest tablet Aakash was about to start shipping in the end of November but now it seems that the consumers will have to wait till next year. According to a news report on Mobile Indian, an improved version of Aakash tablet will be available in retail outlets by the end of January next year as quoted by a DataWind spokesperson.
The commercial version of the Aakash is known as the Ubislate is reportedly delayed due to up gradation and some unforeseen problems in manufacturing. The Ubislate is expected to hit the market with a price of Rs2,999 ($58).
Earlier, Indian Government launched its dream project Aakash on October 5 with the help of DataWind a UK based company. Aakash has already received 3, 00,000 pre-orders and Data Wind have also entered into a manufacturing agreement with companies locally within India, in Cochin and Noida for meeting the demand.
This Ubislate is powered by Android 2.2 Froyo and comes with a 7-inch resistive touchscreen which supports up to 800X480 pixels of resolution. The device is also equipped with a 256MB RAM and have a 32GB expandable slot along with two USB ports. This model weighs around 350gm (12.38Ounces).
The next version of the Tab is already planned by the Government of India and DataWind, as they are thinking to upgrade it with a capacitive touch screen and a processor with double speed. DataWind plans an attachment for this device to; an Attachable keyboard and turning the device into a PC look alike. They will make this keyboard available for Rs400 ($8).
Although the plan to increase the speed with a faster 700 MHz processor but Indian Government don’t have any intentions in increasing the price of the tab.