Datawind proposes Aakash 3 to retail for Rs 2500
Datawind sent a proposal to the Government of India for selling the new Ubislate tablet, Aakash 3 in India for the price of Rs. 2500. Ubislate 7C+ is the unit which the company hopes to see being created as the new government subsidized educational device.
Datawind has been manufacturing tablets for the country’s educational line since 2011, launching the first Aakash which was launched at an ultra-low subsidized cost. The second iteration came out last year with a little more features and improved specifications but faced trouble and allegations of it being a Chinese product and not Indian manufactured causing hindrance; and later there were issues of it not meeting its initial distribution deadline.
Datawind also sells the retail version of the tablet at Rs. 4999 like its predecessors. After the government subsidy, we can expect the cost to go down to a recommended Rs. 2500, amount quoted by Datawind’s CEO, Suneet Singh while speaking to reporters.
The Aakash 3 will be carrying ground level specs- the usual 7″ capacitive multi-touch display with the same Cortex A8 processor clocked at 1Ghz and 512MB or RAM and 4GB of internal storage, a front facing VGA camera and microSD and miniUSB slots. The device will be WiFi ready but the main difference in the new tablet is the SIM card slot which will enable users to make calls from the tablet and use mobile data, making it the cheapest phone-enabled tablet in the world.
There has been no word from the government yet.