What is UbiSlate? All you wanted to know about UbiSlate Tablets from Datawind

Most of us are aware that the MHRD ministry under then HRD Minister Mr. Kapil Sibal, had announced in the end of 2011, a low cost tablet computer called Aakash. It was announced that it will be made available at a price of Rs. 2500 for the people of India and especially the students, who would be entitled to special subsidies on the price. It was made in collaboration with Datawind, a London based Tech Company, who won the bid for making these low cost tablets for the Indian markets. This very tablet was actually called Ubislate by Datawind when manufactured but came to be known as Aakash, when it was called so by the Government of India for a mass appeal and a device that was aimed at revolutionizing the Indian education system.

Apart from its intention of being an ‘Indian’ name, the Aakash and Ubislate were also kept as separate names for the commercial and student version of the same tablet. So mainly in terms of basic idea and its overall features and form factor Ubislate was pretty much Aakash itself. However there were certain changes made in terms of its pricing and a few specifications were changed to differentiate between the two. Aakash was to be made available first mainly through bookings made by students via their respective colleges associated with various recognized universities, so that it could be given to them at a special subsidized price, which was cut by as much as 50%. Prior to the bookings, the Aakash tablet was to be handed over to a few select colleges and students, to get an initial feedback on its performance etc.

After the student version received a feedback on the required changes and suggestions, the company, Datawind had the same tablet made available to the commercial user as Ubislate 7, which was available for sale through its official website www.aakashtablet.com. This tablet was initially available with a configuration of 366 MHz processor, 256 MB RAM, 2 GB inbuilt storage, expandable up to 32 GB and came with WIFI only for the first round of bookings. 3G was made available via external USB dongles and it could play HD videos. This was the same configuration for the Aakash and the Ubislate. The latter however received a slight upgrade with a 700 MHz processor and GPRS and SIM card functionality for internet on-the-go which the Aakash did not have. Both versions had a 7 inch resistive touch screen. The Aakash ran on Android 2.2 while the Ubislate 7 got upgraded to Android 2.3. The price for the Ubislate was also higher at Rs. 2999 over Aakash’s Rs. 2500.

A guide containing all the information about cheap UbiSlate Tablet from Datawind

Recently both the Aakash and Ubislate versions got upgraded to a 1 GHz processor with 512 MB RAM, 4 GB inbuilt storage and 7 inch Capacitive touch screen running the relatively newer Android 4.0.3 operating system among other things. Also there is now a front facing VGA camera in all version of the tablet and while the Aakash is WIFI only the Ubislate 7Ci which is same as the student version Aakash 2 tablet has two other upgrades priced from Rs. 4499 up to Rs. 5999. The detailed tech specs and their booking and delivery schedules can be seen here at http://www.ubislate.com/device-specification/index.html  which has the payment information as well.

The Ubislate is the piece of technology on which the ‘Aakash revolution’ started and is the initial idea that has led to the various low cost tablets from mainly Indian manufactures and a few foreign companies to come up with some seriously good performing, low cost devices that enabled everyone to be part of the changing technology.

Comments

  1. deepak kumar torani says:

    I have ordered an akash tablet thru on on NOV 2012 and remitted the amount,till date i have no reply and despatch details.AND amount debited my pnb account
    inspite of my repeated emails there is no response from the company

    The phone number given in the website is not even functioning and no response

    i need this tobe resolved immediately

  2. Venkata Krishnan.g says:

    I have ordered an akash 7c+ tablet thru on on 29th march and remitted the amount,till date i have no reply and despatch details.

    inspite of my repeated emails there is no response from the company

    The phone number given in the website is not even functioning and no response

    i need this tobe resolved immediately

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