Do you know everything about Aakash tablet?
I bet, you know most updates on the cheapest tablet but there are few hidden things that you’ll find very interesting,
- Aakash tablet costs Rs 1500 or $35, confused? In India, we can say that it costs Rs 1500 for students and Rs 3200 for the common people. But its marketed as $35 for students and $60 for common people and recent drop in Rupee value (vs dollar) might ask you to pay a few more than what’s tagged on the tablet.
- ‘Aakash’ is the Indian name for UbiSlate 7 tablet developed by London based software company, Datawind. Price of UbiSlate 7 (or commercial version of Aakash) is $60 that you purchase from the market. On the other hand, UbiSlate 7 with limited features is available at $35 for students.
- In India, Aakash is manufactured by Quad on behalf of Datawind. Its been manufactured at 3 centres: Hyderabad, Noida and Cochin.
- The aspiration of developing ‘made in India’ table started in 2006 with OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) program pioneered by Kapil Sibal. The effort resulted in the form of the cheapest tablet, Aakash.
- Price of Aakash tablet would never go up, rather it’ll go down in 2012. Government and Datawind is working on the suggestions provided by the students of IIT Rajasthan to improve the tablet and cut down the prices as much as possible.
- Apart from students, village people would also get the tablets at subsidized price. Government is keen to connect rural people with the urban India, so there are every chances of tablets reaching them at very low prices.