Aakash Tablet UBISLATE I-Pad Killer Android 2.2

Aakash Tablet UBISLATE I-Pad Killer Android 2.2

Item specifics – PC Laptops

Processor Speed: 333 MHz Processor: Connexant
Hard Drive Capacity: 0.3 GB Memory (RAM): —
Screen Size: 7 inch Primary Drive: —
Features: Operating System, USB

Akash Ubislate 7 Android Tablet is now available in India. Ubislate 7 offers 7” inch Touchscreen, Google Android v2.2 OS and many. The much awaited India’s ultra-low-cost tablet is finally here.

Processor: 366 Mhz. Connexant with Graphics accelerator and HD Video processor
Memory (RAM): 256MB RAM / Storage (Internal): 2GB Flash
Storage (External): 2GB to 32GB Supported
Peripherals (USB2.0 ports, number): 1 Standard USB port
Audio out: 3.5mm jack / Audio in: 3.5mm jack
Display and Resolution: 7? display with 800×480 pixel resolution
Input Devices: Resistive touch screen
Connectivity and Networking: WiFi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g
Power and Battery: Up to 180 minutes on battery. AC adapter 200-240 volt range.
USB Dongle is not supported.

OS: Android 2.2
Document Rendering
Supported Document formats: DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, ODT, ODP
PDF viewer, Text editor
Multimedia and Image Display
Image viewer supported formats: PNG, JPG, BMP and GIF
Supported audio formats: MP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, WMA
Supported video formats: MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, FLV
Communication and Internet
Web browser – Standards Compliance: xHTML 1.1 compliant, JavaScript 1.8 compliant
Separate application for online YouTube video
Safety and other standards compliance
CE certification / RoHS certification


According to Suneet Singh Tuli, the CEO of Datawind a Canadian Based Electronic manufacturer, the Aakash tablet will be receiving software up gradation as the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. With a slight advancement the Aakash 2 will launch within a period of two to three weeks.

However, the Ice Cream Sandwich Software advanced devices will come in the market only after six to eight months. Yet is not clear that it will be delivered with detach PC download or over-the air.

Dubbed UbiSlate 7+ and 7C, both tablets will come pre-loaded with Yahoo services due to a partnership with Yahoo India.

There’s more to this as Datawind has teamed up with Indian carrier Aircel to offer UbiSlate owners 2GB of GPRS data for only Rs 100 (2 USD or 1.5 EUR) per month.

It will be interesting to see when exactly Datawind will be released these two tablets on the market, especially given the fact that the company is still struggling to deliver the promised Aakash tablets in some important regions across India.

Anyway, it appears that both UbiSlate 7+ and UbiSlate 7C will be powered by Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. However, it’s unclear if the slates will provide access to Google Play store.

These tablets have not been designed with quality or performance in mind, instead these products rely on their low price in order to sell. Which is why Indian customers who are looking to purchase an Android tablet should not expect any fancy specs that would make these tablets stand out.

For example, UbiSlate 7+ and UbiSlate 7C are equipped with an 800 MHz single core processor and only 256MB of RAM. In addition, the former comes with 2GB of internal memory, whereas the latter packs 4GB onboard memory.

Each tablet features GPRS (both SIM and phone capability) and Wi-Fi support, and sport a 7-inch display with 800 x 480 pixels resolution. Still, the UbiSlate 7+ comes with a resistive touchscreen, while the UbiSlate 7C features a capacitive display.

Last but not least, each tablet embeds a high-capacity 3200 mAh Li-Ion battery, which are meant to provide 180 minutes of continuous usage time. MicroUSB and and USB port are included as well.

Aakash, India’s much hyped Android based tablet, has been finally launched by the Indian Government, which has been dubbed as the “world’s cheapest tablet.”

Aakash has been priced at $35 (Rs.1800) with government subsidies to students and commercial price has been set at $60 (Rs.2999) in stores.
Below are the main features of Aakash:

It runs on Android 2.2 (Froyo)
366MHz Connexant CPU with Graphics accelerator and HD Video processor
7-inch resistive touchscreen with 800×480 resolution
It has got 2 USB ports, has 256MB of RAM and 32GB internal memory, expandable via microSD
It has 2100mAh battery which can reportedly last for 2-3 hours
It comes with a 12-month replacement warranty
It comes with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.
For connectivity to internet, it has got a 802.11 a/b/g WiFi chip and a GPRS modem
It supports formats like DOC, DOCX, PDF and PPTX etc.
Supported audio formats: MP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, WMA
Supported video formats: MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, FLV
It weighs 350 grams
Price – $35 (Rs 1800) with govt. subsidies; $60 (Rs 2900) commercially in stores
The government has partnered with DataWind, a small British company which is supplying Aakash tablets (which is actually UBISlate 7) to Indian govt. at Rs. 2250 per tablet. In its pilot run, Indian Government is going to give 100,000 of these to the students for free during the launch period.

The reaction for the first 500 tablets released received a mixed response, as some complained that they are slow. But, what my take on this tablet is that, as we use laptops running on Intel Core i7 processors, iPhone and iPad, we can notice the difference.

Imagine, when this tablet will actually be used by a student in a government school who has never accessed these powerful machines and has either seen computers in magazines or their curriculum books or AT BEST, in a Cyber Cafe, it is a life changing device for them.