We have been getting a lot of queries regarding the availability of recently announced Aakash tablet from Indian Government, so I decided to do quick FAQs post, which will help you get the answer of most of your questions.
Q1: I am a student, how can I buy Aakash tablet?
A: According to the government press release, Aakash will be distributed to students through the institutions at which they are studying. So, the best way to find out about the exact availability of Aakash is to contact the student cell or Dean, Students’ Welfare. The device distribution has already started and 500 tablets were given to students at the press conference.
Q2: What is the price of this tablet for students?
A: Government will be subsiding the student version of Aakash tablet and sell it for around INR 1730 ($35) and students will have to pay that. However, the exact price of this tablet is $49.98 (INR 2276), which was paid by the Government to procure these tablets and does not include the subsidy.
Q3: Will there be a commercial version of Aakash that can be purchased by normal consumers?
A: Yes, the manufacturer Datawind has announced that it will start selling the commercial version of Aakash (named as Ubislate 7) in November. The price for commercial will be INR 2,999. This retail version will be available via normal stores, and online stores, but the exact availability details are still not out.
Q4: Is there any different between student version Aakash and Commercial version Ubislate 7?
A: Yes, the commercial version will have GPRS connectivity, which is absent from student version. Ubislate 7 buyers will be able to make calls using their tablets, which will not be an option in Aakash.
Q5: I am a student, where will I get the content for my tablet?
A: After buying the tablet, you will be able to access thousands of items of content available on the Sakshat portal and other educational web-sites. Government has also asked National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NME-ICT) to develop more content for the tablet.
Q6: What are the main features of this tablet?
A: The student version will come with Android 2.2, 7 inch resistive display, 256MB RAM, 2 GB Internal storage, 366MHz processor, 2 USB 2.0 ports and WiFi connectivity along with an up-to 32GB microSD card slot. It will also support document formats like DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, ODT, ODP, and come with PDF viewer, and Text editor installed. There will be no Android Market support but you will be able download apps from appstores like Getjar, SlideMe and more.
The commercial version will have all of the above features along with GPRS and SIM card slot as mentioned above.
That is all for now, if you have any more questions, drop them in comments.
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