We had earlier reported that India’s Aakash tablet, also known as UbiSlate, had sold out soon after it was up for preorder. At that time, we didn’t have specific sales figures; however, Economic Times has now revealed that as many as 1.4 million Aakash tablets were ordered.
In order to cope with the unexpectedly high demand, the UK-based manufacturer, Datawind, will be establishing three new factories in India. The new manufacturing units will come up in Cochin, Noida and Hyderabad during the first half of this year. The Aakash, which retailed for less than fifty bucks, was conceived as an educational tablet. However, delays on the part of the Indian government has meant that individual customers and corporate clients will probably get the device before educational institutes.
The unexpected demand has also brought to light how ill prepared Datawind is to handle significant volumes. “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,” revealed Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO of Datawind. Digit has highlighted that many customers are in the dark about the status of their shipment and are unsure about how to seek help. Perhaps Datawind needs to take a more proactive approach, or partner with established online retailers like Flipkart in the future.
Last week, we had posted about the launch of the famous Indian Aakash tablet, which was priced at $50, and also included instructions to order it online. Well, don’t bother… the entire stock of the Aakash Tablet has already been sold out, in less than a week. No details on when it will become available again have been disclosed yet.
We have closed bookings for Akash and opened online pre-bookings for the second generation Akash tablet.said a company spokesperson.
While we don’t have any specific sales figures, this just goes on to show how the Aakash tablet has been a huge hit. Obviously, being priced at a tenth of the iPad did contribute to much of its success. The Aakash tablet is manufactured by DataWind, a Canadian company, and offers decent hardware specifications – 7 inch touchscreen display, 366 MHz ARM 11 processor, 256 MB RAM, Wi-Fi, and runs Android 2.2 Froyo.
However, DataWind is still taking pre-orders for the UbiSlate 7 tablet, which offers much more value for money than the Aakash tablet. It is priced at $60, but offers much better hardware. It comes with a 7 inch touchscreen display too, but is powered by a much faster 700 MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor. It has a larger 3200 mAh battery and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It offers Wi-Fi as well as GPRS connectivity.
You can pre-book the UbiSlate 7 tablet here – http://www.ubislate.com/prebook.html
The UbiSlate 7 tablet will start shipping in late January.
There have been many cheap tablets available, mainly in the Asian region, but none of them have been in the news as much as the Aakash tablet, or the UbiSlate 7.
It was first announced a couple years ago, and has been in the limelight since. Kapil Sibal gave us a sneak preview last year, and it was officially unveiled earlier this year.
The Aakash tablet has been made by DataWind, a Canadian company, and is priced at Rs 2500 ($50) for the basic version. It comes with a 7 inch touchscreen display, and is powered by a 366 MHz ARM 11 processor. It runs Android 2.2 Froyo, and has a 2100 mAh battery. It comes with Wi-Fi connectivity. It is now available online, with a cash-on-delivery payment option.
The UbiSlate 7, an upgraded variant of the Aakash tablet, is priced at Rs. 3000 ($60). It comes with a 7 inch touchscreen display too, and is powered by a 700 MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor. It has a 3200 mAh battery and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It offers Wi-Fi, as well as GPRS connectivity.
The UbiSlate 7 seems to be a decent deal. It will be available in January 2012. I’ll probably be getting one. At just 3000 bucks, you can’t go wrong.
You can buy the Aakash Tablet and the UbiSlate 7 here: Aakash Tablet