DataWind has announced the completion of delivery of 100,000 units of its low-cost tablet., the Aakash 2.
The total delivery included 98,000 Aakash 2 devices and 2,000 units of tablets with DataWind’s recommendations for Aakash 3, at a price of Rs 2,263. One of the world’s cheapest tablets, the tablet is spec'd competitively in comparison to other low-cost slates and is said to be half the price of a similarly-outfitted tablet in the market.
The 7-inch WVGA display is manufactured at India’s only touch-screen manufacturing facility in Amritsar. Under the hood of the Aakash 2 is a Cortex-A8 1Ghz processor of the same calibre as the original iPad; in addition, there is 512MB of RAM.
The low-cost Aakash 2
Internal storage is capped at 4GB, but can be supplemented by up to 32GB through the microSD card slot. The tablet supports external 3G and EVDO dongles, besides the built-in Wi-Fi support. Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the tablet has a VGA camera and a gyro sensor. Commercially, the device is sold as the UbiSlate 7Ci.
DataWind has also recommended specifications for the next-gen Aakash 3 and has shipped a limited number of these devices for early testing. Aakash 3 has an embedded quad-band Edge modem allowing for both cellular voice and data functionality. This allows the device to be used both as a smartphone and also for ubiquitous Internet connectivity with a regular SIM.
In addition to delivering the pending Aakash 2 units, DataWind also announced it has completed deliveries of its pre-paid backlog with less than one percent of pre-paid backlog customers remain pending, due to lack of courier coverage or contact information. New orders for the UbiSlate devices will now be processed within 72 hours.