The Aakash tablet will be presented at a United Nations event in India this coming November 28, according to Hardeep Singh Puri, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN.
Invitations to the event will be sent out to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, among other officials.
Tasked to make the presentation is Suneet Singh Tuli, the CEO of Datawind, a Canada-based company that supplies India with the budget-friendly slates.
The presentation will underscore the efforts in India to provide a low-cost tablet for use in education through a government subsidy that brings the slate’s price down to $35. Said price makes the Aakash what is said to be the “most competitively priced” tablet PC.
It may be recalled that the Aakash tablet was launched in October last year. Datawind won the bid to make the tablet and signed a contract to provide one lakh of the budget tablets to the Indian government. However, the Aakash received much criticism for its low set of specifications and reportedly poor performance. One school, the Indian Institute of Technology at Rajasthan even rejected the product.
Meanwhile, Datawind has already announced an upcoming improved version of the Aakash tablet. Said device, which is scheduled for launching on November 11, will run on a 1GHz processor, and sport a capacitive touchscreen display—improvements over the specifications of the original Aakash tablet. The device will furthermore come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as its operating system and offer up to four hours of usage on a single charge. It will feature basic tablet functions that are deemed useful for students, such as web browsing, accessing e-textbooks and videos, as well as using apps intended for education. Like the first Aakash tablet, the new slate will be available exclusively through the government. However, Datawind will likewise have a commercial version of the tablet called Ubislate. The Ubislate has a price tag of $54 and comes with SIM card slots.