DataWind, the makers of the Aakash tablet, has announced two new UbiSlate tablets – UbiSlate 7+ and UbiSlate 7C. Both the DataWind tablets come with similar specifications, other than the display quality and internal storage. The Ubislate 7C is said to be the commercial version of the Aakash II tablet.
Datawind’s commitment to bring innovation was amply proved by them collaborating with unique players from the eco-system. At YourStory, we could not help but write about the association of Datawind with the innovative startup, Reverie Language Technologies led by Arvind Pani.
Speaking from the sidelines of the launch, entrepreneur Arvind Pani said, “Datawind with Aakash is bridging the digital divide by making these tablets affordable for masses. Reverie’s association goes a step further in bridging the digital “language” divide by making communication possible in languages other than English.
Less than 10% of 1.2 Billion Indians are literate in English. Yet, there are no local language support available on digital devices. The successes of Baidu (more successful than Google) and Qzone (more successful than Facebook) in China are predominantly because of offering in Chinese languages. Also annualized revenue from text related MVAS in China is more than 10 times of what’s generated in India for text related MVAS. Again, the driving factor is support for Chinese.
Reverie bridges this gap for India by providing the following.
- Provide support for all major Indian languages.
- Provide complete solution under one umbrella – Fonts, text rendering, keypads, predictive typing and transliteration.
- User experience that has been benchmarked and proven to best in the world. Language solutions from Reverie deliver user experience never before experienced by Indian consumers and matches the user experience for English language users.
More from the launch today –
Priced at an economical Rs. 2,999, the UbiSlate 7+ runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and is powered by a Cortex A8 – 800MHz processor. It has a seven-inch resistive touchscreen with 800 x 400 pixel resolution. The device includes Wi-Fi and GPRS connectivity. Optional 3G modems are also supported. Besides, micro-SD card slot, a full sized USB port is also integrated into the UbiSlate 7+.
The UbiSlate 7C, priced at Rs. 3,999, comes with similar set of applications except that it features a capacitive four-point touchscreen and 4GB internal storage.
The other partners that DataWind unveiled today were as follows –
- Aircel as its strategic operator partner to provide voice and data services
- VMC Systems Ltd. as electronics manufacturing services partner, replacing Quad Electronics
- Yahoo India for its portal, Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Cricket
- The Indian Express Group to bring its users the news and analysis on the go
- Get Jar for providing access to over 350,000 software applications.
- InMobi, an independent mobile ad network, to help deliver applications for free to consumers
- Mango Learning solutions for game based educational modules, interactive smart books and the full CBSE curriculum.
- RKS Learning Private Ltd. for TestBag, the most comprehensive solution for testing and e-assessment
- Intelligia finger tracing apps to teach letter writing for toddlers
- Pixatel for utilities and games created for tablet form factors
- Poketalk for call back long distance services.
- MyJobs for access to millions of job postings and resume submission.
- Blueworld portal
On status of the Ubislate 7, the retail version of the Aakash tablet, Datawind CEO Suneet Singh Tuli said that the customers who have booked the UbiSlate 7 device will receive the upgraded UbiSlate 7+ tablet. The delivery of the Ubislate 7+ has already begun, he added.
Check out http://www.ubislate.com/ webiste for more details.