Datawind Delivers Final Shipment of Sub-$50 Android Tablets in India, Completes Aakash 2 Project

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News Posted: Sat, May 4 2013 1:17 PM
Back in 2011, the Indian government in collaboration with Datawind and IIT Rajasthan developed a low-cost tablet for the masses dubbed the “Aakash”. That was followed by the Aakash 2 (commercially known as the UbiSlate 7Ci), which was designed to offer substantial upgrades over the previous version. Datawind promised to deliver 100,000 Aakash 2 tablets to India's government for (approximately) $49.98 each, and now the company has delivered on its promise.

Late in the process, the project was handled in part by IIT Bombay, which recommended some changes to the Aakash 2 design, including an embedded SIM slot, and the slightly tweaked versions were actually a bit cheaper at about $42. "We have supplied 98,000 of Aakash 2 devices and 2,000 devices with Datawind's recommendations for upgraded version of Aakash 2, all at a price of Rs. 2,263," said Datawind CEO Suneet Singh Tuli.

Aakash 2 / UbiSlate 7Ci

The Aakash 2/UbiSlate 7Ci, which proved to be a popular device, runs Android 4.0.3 and features a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor; 512MB of RAM; 4GB of onboard storage; WiFi; a G-sensor; microSD, mini-USB, and an audio jack; a front VGA camera; and a capacitive touch screen.
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This kind of thing would be a great thing to get someone to try and introduce them into the tablet world, without spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars on an ipad or something of the sort.

 

Personally, I am not too into tablets and phones and stuff.  I prefer to talk about PC hardware and to interact with the non-mobile crowd.  But then again, I have never actually given a tablet or a phone a fair trial to see if I enjoy the experience.  This kind of device would be great for someone like me just to get the basic feel of tablets and decide whether or not to go further with something more powerful and pricey!

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That is one hell of an impressive of feat.

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I wonder how well it works?

Dogs are great judges of character, and if your dog doesn't like somebody being around, you shouldn't trust them.

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