Finally some good news for those waiting for the Aakash tablets, Datawind has now released two new variant the Ubislate 7+ and the Ubislate 7C tablets that runs on the android gingerbread OS. There are the Aakash 2 consumer versions.
It seems Datawind has finally set its foot in the Indian tablet market by going solo with the consumer variant of Aakash 2. Well we hope there is also an improvement in the booking process. Users will have to pay a price of Rs. 2,999 for the Ubislate 7+ version and Rs. 3,999 for the Ubislate 7C version. The ‘C’ in Ubislate 7C stands for capacitive.
There are no changes in the specifications; the Ubislate 7+ is loaded with a single core Cortex A8 processor running at 800 MHz with 256 MB RAM. The tab runs on the android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS. The 7 inch resistive touchscreen supports resolution of 800 by 480 pixels. This tablet comes with 2 GB internal memory, a single UBS 2.0 port and also supports external memory cards (32 GB max). According to Datawind the 3200 mAh battery that this tab houses will give an estimated time of around 3 hours, which I think is very less.
The Ubislate 7C on the other hand is slightly upgraded with a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen and a 4GB internal memory. Rest of the features are the same. So you pay Rs. 1,000 extra for the 7C version, which is much better.
Datawind will also be providing GPRS data plan of up to 2 GB at Rs. 100 per month via their partner, Aircel. You will need to buy a dongle to use the Aircel SIM card. Datawind will also tie up with many other companies to bring more online content on the tab. This low cost tablet will also support many Indian languages like Marathi, Hindi, Punjabi etc.
The consumers who had already made the payments earlier will get the Ubislate 7C (upgraded version). Datawind is in the process of increasing its supplier base so that the deliveries happen smoothly.
The company has not yet updated their website and I am not sure if we need to follow the same booking process. It will be better to wait for few days till we get a clearer picture.