The Aakash tablet has already acquired the distinction of being one of the cheapest to own right now, though the device in all probability is going to take on a whole new form. No, we are not talking about the upgrade of the tablet’s application or hardware which has already been discussed here but rather the way it would be available to the people at large and in this case, students to be specific. For as per to the latest government initiative, the Aakash tablets would also be made available to students via their school or college libraries similar to the way they are issued any other books. This latest move is in accordance to government’s plan to ensure all 220 million school and college students have access to the Aakash tablet. The zeenews report also added the tablets will also have the college curriculum pre-loaded on them for students to access it.
However, while all of this is good news, there is yet a dearth in these plans fructifying into reality. The tablet has not yet reached any college and that holds true even for the commercial version of the tablet. Government sources added they are keen to acquire the upgraded version of the tablet and hence the delay. The upgraded tablet is supposed to be based on a 700 MHz Cortex A8 processor which is a nice improvement over the 366 MHz ARM 11 processor that powers the current version of Aakash. The new tablet will also come fitted with a 3200 mAh battery pack, up from the 2100 mAh battery that the current version comes fitted with.
Meanwhile, Datawind issued a statement via its Facebook page telling us it is doing all it can to clear the backlog.
“Delivery Schedule for Aakash – Deliveries of Aakash are currently in progress. If you ordered online and still have not heard from us, please bear with us for a little more time. By end of January we intend to contact everyone who ordered an Aakash. We are contacting you via email/phone in the order that your bookings were received by us. Once we contact you, you’ll be given the option to make your payment and Aakash will be shipped to you via a courier service. Aakash will continue to be shipped till stocks last.”
Datawind is in the process of setting up three new factories to manufacture the Aakash/Ubislate tablets in anticipation of a huge surge in demand for the ultra cheap tablets.