Friday, 27 April 2012

Datawind launches the consumer variants of Aakash 2, Ubislate 7+ and Ubislate 7C

Datawind has today launched 2 new Android Gingerbread tablets Ubislate 7+ and Ubislate 7C for 2,999 and Rs 3,999 respectively. The Ubislate 7+ sports a 7-inch resistive display, a Cortex A8 processor clocked at 800MHz, 3200mah battery, Wi-Fi, GPRS, phone functionality (users can make or receive calls through the tablet) and 2GB of inbuilt memory. The Ubislate 7C also features the same specs but the only difference lies in the fact that its 7-inch display is capacitive rather than resistive and it comes with inbuilt memory of 4GB. Other specs include expandable memory card slot up to 32GB and one USB 2.0 port. Datawind claims that these Android tablets would offer up to 180 minutes of battery life and has also tied-up with Aircel which will provide 2GB of GPRS data for Rs 100 a month.

To manufacture these Ubislates, Datawind has pertnered with VMC systems. The vendor is promising a lot content tie-ups with firms like Yahoo India, The Indian Express Group, GetJar, InMobi, Poketalk. The Ubislates will also support a dozen Indian languages including Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Punjabi and a few others.

Device Specs: Both the tablets feature similar specifications i.e. They run on Android 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’ and are powered by a 800MHz Cortex A8 processor, 256MB RAM and 3200mAh battery.

The only difference between the two tablets are the display screen and the internal memory. While Ubislate 7+ comes with a 7-inch resistive screen and 2GB internal memory, Ubislate 7C comes with a 7-inch capacitive screen and 4GB internal memory. Besides these, there are the usual connectivity options like Wi-Fi, GPRS, USB 2.0, 3.5 mm headset jack, phone functionality and an external memory card slot with support up to 32GB cards. The company has partnered with Hyderabad based VMC Systems to develop these tablets after payment disputes with Quad Electronics related to the Aakash tablet.

Pricing and Availability: Ubislate 7+ is priced at Rs 2999 and Ubislate 7C is priced at Rs 3999 and the tablets are expected to be available by May-end after the completion of existing orders. However, the tablets seem to be available for pre-order on the Ubislate website.

It would be interesting to see if DataWind is able to deliver the new tablets to consumers on time. Was it a wise decision to announce a new product when the company has not able to fulfill demand for the existing one?