The low cost tablet maker company Datawind is planning to launch the third version of Aakash Tablet. Akash3 is likely to equip with a SIM slot and more exciting apps, without increasing its price within the existing price band.
According to the reports,, About 50 lakh ‘Aakash 3’ tablets are expected to be rolled out in the next phase, the global tender for which may be floated in February next year.
According to committee members engaged in developing the third version of Aakash, the endeavour will be to make the product as indigenous as possible and involve multiple vendors.
Deepak B Phatak (committee member and professor in IIT-Bombay’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering) said, “Our ultimate aim is to imbibe the usage of tablets in the education system and create an ecosystem for this. According to Phatak, computer giants world over are amazed with the device and there is a keen interest among several vendors to participate in this venture.
“Aakash 3 will have a faster processor supporting both Linux and Android operating systems and come with advanced memory, It could also have a SIM card slot so that people can use it as a communication device,” Phatak said.
Playing down controversies suggesting that several of the tablet’s components were of Chinese make, Phatak said emphasis has been placed on adding value to the product with the objective of enhancing its efficacy among students.
He also suggested two models for Aakash 3 – one for schools and the other for colleges.
The most recent version, Aakash 2, developed by IIT-Bombay along with C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing), was launched by President Pranab Mukherjee in November.
The tablet is available for students at subsidised rate of Rs 1,130 while the government purchases it at Rs 2,263.