New Aakash UbiSlate 7Ci Tablet will be available late September/early October in India and starts at $35 for the basic WiFi model.
Aakash is no stranger to the tablet industry and had released their original tablet several years ago, but was widely criticized for poor deployment, being unable to handle rough environments, and being too slow. The newest model, the Aakash UbiSlate 7Ci has improved upon these features and comes with the same low price tag of $35 for the WiFi model. Those that wish to add the optional broadband package will pay $64 for the upgraded tablet (Aakash UbiSlate 7C+) along with $2/month for the data service.
The Aakash UbiSlate 7Ci features a much better battery life over its predecessor as well as a faster processor. The tablet will feature:
- 7.5″ Capacitive TouchDisplay
- Cortex 8, 1Ghz processor
- 512 MB RAM
- Running Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich
- 4 GB internal storage that can be increased to 32GB of memory with MicroSD
- G-Sensors, Wi-Fi, front VGA camera, 3.5mm jack, and MicroSD support.
- Up to 180 minutes of battery life on a single charge.
- Solar charger for alternative charging solution.
The impact of offering affordable ways for the people of rural areas to connect to the internet is enormous. Rural schools that have been connected to the internet show incredible and immediate gains. Newcastle professor, Sugata Mitra, found that children that had access to the internet had improved their science, reading, and math. The Aakas UbiSlate 7Ci could help increase literacy in India so long as the execution, infrastructure and curricula strategy is all in place. The Aakash is ONLY available in India.
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