Datawind UbiSlate : Indian government's ultra-low cost tablet 'Aakash' Review / Guide

Indian government’s ultra low-cost tablet ‘Aakash’ is finally in front of us.The tablet PC, named Aakash, will cost the government Rs. 2,276. It will be given to students after subsidising the price by up to 50 per cent. So it should cost around 1200 INR.The government will roll out 100,000 units of the Aakash tablet initially with device maker Datawind.However the availability of the device to the general public is still a question.Minister pointed out that the tablets will be distributed through educational institutes.It's retail version UbiSlate will be launched from November.


DataWind tablet has a 7-inch display with 800-by-480 pixel resolution, 256MB of RAM, 2GB flash storage, and a 366MHz processor from Connexant. The tablet runs the Android 2.2 operating system.Datawind plans to add GPRS (general packet radio service) capability, which will allow it to double as a phone.The device uses resistive LCD displays rather than a full touch screen and connects via wireless broadband, which is unavailable in most areas.The device supports document formats: DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, ODT, ODP and can run PDF viewer, Text editor. It has a 2,100 mAh battery which is promised to give 3 hours of backup depending upon usage.

Technical details

  • Hardware:
    • Processor: 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 800x480 pixel resolution
    • Input Devices: Resistive touch screen
    • Connectivity and Networking: GPRS and WiFi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g
    • Power and Battery: Up to 180 minutes on battery. AC adapter 200-240 volt range.
  • Software:
    • 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
  • Additional Web Browser: UbiSurfer-Browser with compression/acceleration and IE8 rendering.
For more details visit Akash UbiSlate official website

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