India’s inexpensive tablet computer “Aakash”developed in conjunction with India’s Minister for Human Resource Development (MHRD) and now seen as a way for the country to leapfrog the problems of educating its large population has sales bookings climbed to record 14 lakh units just two weeks after it was put up for sale online for Rs 2,500 a piece.
In order to fulfill the growing demand, UK-based vendor Datawind, the maker of the $35 tablet, has decided to establish three new factories – in Cochin, Noida and Hyderabad – in the first half of 2012 to assemble the tablet. Aakash has received about 1 lakh orders a day since online launch on December 15, according to datawind.
“We never expected such a high response from both corporate and individual buyers. We plan to supply 70,000-75,000 units per day once the factories are in place by April,” Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO, Datawind told Economics Times.
However, Datawind, the makers of Aakash tablet, are ready with their new tablet Ubislate 7+, at an expected price of Rs2999. Unlike Aakash, which is a student version tablet, Ubislate 7+ would be available for all. Ubislate 7+ tab would be available in the Indian market by end-January 2012.
In an exclusive talk to iamwire, An executive of Ncarry.com said that the website is catering to orders across India, with delivery in 5-7 working days. Ncarry is a subsidiary of Netherlands-based Nimbuzz, which makes instant messaging applications. The Nimbuzz IM comes pre-installed on Aakash. Datawind plans to put on sale online the next version of Aakash – Ubislate 7, priced at Rs 2999, by mid-January. The current version of the tablet can access internet via Wi-Fi access. Interested buyers can also call on toll free number 1800-180-2180 for further information.
|Features||Aakash Tablet||Ubislate 7+|
|Price||Rs 2500||Rs 2999|
|Operating System||Android 2.2 Froyo OS||Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS|
|Display Screen||7 inches display screen||7 inches display screen|
|Camera||No Camera||Front Facing VGA Camera|
|Battery||2100 mAh battery||3200 mAh battery|