www.ubislate.com Online booking of datawind akash tablet
he new year may be a year of low-cost computing in India. Sales bookings for the world’s cheapest tablet, Aakash, have soared to 14 lakh units just two weeks after it was put up for sale online for Rs 2,500 a piece.

To cater to the ‘unexpected’ demand, UK-based vendor Datawind, the maker of the $35 tablet, has decided to establish three new factories – in Cochin, Noida and Hyderabad – in the first half of 2012 to assemble the tablet. Datawind currently has only one factory in Hyderabad, with its vendor Quad, which makes the LCD panel for the tablet.

“We never expected such a high response from both corporate and individual buyers. We plan to supply 70,000-75,000 units per day once the factories are in place by April,” Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO, Datawind told ET from Panama, where he was invited to advise its government on its low-cost computing project.

Specifications Aakash (UbiSlate7) UbiSlate 7+ (Upgraded Aakash)
Month Inventory Status
Pricing Rs.2,499/- Rs.2,999/-
Microprocessor Arm11 – 366Mhz Cortex A8 – 700 Mhz
Battery 2100 mAh 3200 mAh
OS Android 2.2 Android 2.3
Network WiFi WiFi & GPRS (SIM & Phone functionality)

Classteacher Learning Systems, a Delhi based Educational Solutions Provider launched ‘Classpad’, a new tablet for the Educational sector.

Classpad tablet, which is meant for students between 3 and 12, comes with a capacitive touchscreen, 1.3 Ghz processor, Android 2.2 operating system and a built-in memory of 4 GB which is expandable up to 8 GB. It has a 7 hour battery life. The device has over 30000 educational applications covering ICSE, CBSE and a few State Boards Syllabi.

Classpad, priced in the range of Rs 7,500-14,000, will be available for students through their schools in three models – Classpad 7, Classpad 8 and Classpad 10. The use of Classpads can make the teachers transfer class works to the students’ tablet, share their own content instantly at ease and conduct tests. Moreover, the students can also get into the groove by attempting to answer queries and thus make the process of learning two-way.

Classpad, touted to be a competition for Aakash, the world’s cheapest tablet, has claimed to have better touchscreen compared to that of Aakash and has a better battery life of more than six hours.

With its better features compared to Aakash, the Classpad can catch the fancy of the Indian schools and its in-built intelligence facility can help categorise students as fast, average and slow learners.

Its developer, the Classteacher Learning Systems of which Pande is the CEO, plans to take the device to the market through two business routes, the Trolley model and ‘one tablet per child’ (OTPC) model.

In the Trolley model, the device can be used on a shared manner by paying Rs 100 per child, whereas in ‘one tablet per child’ (OTPC) model, the parents have to pay for the device. It is available for students of Class 3 to 12.

The developer of the Classpad is planning to launch the tablet in 2012 for the general public, which they can buy online. Pande said, “Within one month we start booking tablets for the masses and it will have better configuration

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