$35 tablet Aakash FAQs

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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Post Author: Gaurav Shukla

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87 thoughts on “$35 tablet Aakash FAQs

    Dhruv Panchal

    (November 27, 2012 - 5:19 pm)

    Hello sir,
    i am Dhruv Panchal. Hu s.y.b.com ma abhyas karu 6u. Hu e 1li march 2012 naroj aakash tablate ub slate 7+ online register karavi hati pm haji sudhi mane tena koi samachar malya nathi. To tame mane janavso ke aa tablat mane kyare malse?
    Si, please ans me. Because i can’t heariying!


    (December 23, 2011 - 1:22 pm)


    kindly give us contact number to confrim the order as i hav ordered one but need more and at same need to spk as person in mumbai ,went will i gett it need very soon contact me on mobile will do

    Dhiraj khichar

    (November 1, 2011 - 12:41 pm)

    someone can tell me the where to buy this tablet?
    When it will be available in the market?

    please inform


    (October 21, 2011 - 7:14 am)

    i am a student of class 11….will our school distribute this tablet pc to us or is it only for students in higher education ? …..is the commercial version having 3G support ?……plz help me if the commercial version is value for money product…


    (October 20, 2011 - 1:25 am)

    I’m a student of C.A. I want to give some advice that, everything is best with this affordable price but according to me battery power is not so good. It should be 4000 mAh because it is specially made for teachers and student and normally a student have to spend apprx. 5 hour in college. Thats why it should made in such a way that it give 5-6 hour usage time. The second big problem is, there is no bluetooth which is mandatory for this generation so that teachers & student can share their books or edu software. Even, after adding of this two things if price slightly rise then the latter will be much better than the former. So plz think about my advice. Thank you


    (October 18, 2011 - 10:55 am)

    someone can tell me the where to buy this tablet?
    When it will be available in the market?


    (October 17, 2011 - 2:54 pm)

    sir,how can purchase this tablet?

    Vijay Singh

    (October 15, 2011 - 9:24 pm)

    sir, is there any webcam in the tablet for video conferencing?


    (October 15, 2011 - 4:20 pm)

    it is mentioned that, 2GB internet usage per month. who will be the service providers for that..can we change our service provider…


    (October 15, 2011 - 3:57 pm)

    can i run application softwares like adobe dreaweaver,etc in aakash

    Mandeep singh

    (October 15, 2011 - 1:24 pm)

    will there be camera facility in commercial version of aakash?


    (October 14, 2011 - 1:12 pm)

    i am not student how to purchase aakash tablet pc ? and how many time u take after we purchase and what is the present time prise of this pc


    (October 14, 2011 - 10:33 am)

    i am not student how to purchase aakash tablet pc ? and how many time u take after we purchase and what is the present time prise of this pc


    (October 13, 2011 - 12:28 pm)

    When it is come to our city???


    (October 11, 2011 - 7:14 pm)

    no reply for any of the comment………..??????????????????????????/

    rahul yadav

    (October 10, 2011 - 11:19 pm)

    what about service , repair and spares? Who will pay for Internet connection and downloading charges ?
    i want to buy the commercial version while m pursing C.S can i ?
    .exe file can be install in it or not?
    m in kolkata how can i get it?


    (October 10, 2011 - 11:54 am)

    i am just wanting to buy this tablet any how. Please can u suggest me how and where to buy it


    (October 10, 2011 - 11:23 am)

    sir,can i download torrents using wi-fi directly to the tab?


    (October 10, 2011 - 8:37 am)

    Hello, your faq session gives brief idea abt akash as a product. Thanks!
    I want to knw what makes akash so cheap??? Whereas, LCD itself would cost thousand rupees??¿???


    (October 9, 2011 - 5:47 pm)

    sir how can a service man can buy it and at what cost


    (October 9, 2011 - 5:46 pm)

    sir how can students buy it


    (October 9, 2011 - 5:44 pm)

    sir is there any difference b/w comeercial and students akash tablet


    (October 9, 2011 - 4:37 pm)

    can students buy ubislate7 at discount rate….? can we use usb dongle(data card)…? can we install .exe files?


    (October 9, 2011 - 11:37 am)

    how will i buy it??? I am a BE Computer Science student.

    Vikram Prajapat

    (October 9, 2011 - 4:24 am)

    hi, i am a nurse, would like to know about aakash tablet & ubislate 7 & how and when will get it.

    Vikram Prajapat

    (October 9, 2011 - 4:19 am)

    hi, i am a nurse, would like to know about aakash tablet & how and when will get it.


    (October 8, 2011 - 11:58 pm)

    The quality of akash & ubislate 7 are good enough to compete with other tabs!!!!!!


    (October 8, 2011 - 11:58 pm)

    Who would pay for the subsidy? The public money or donations from Politicians. Who will pay for defective pieces? what about service , repair and spares? Who will pay for Internet connection and downloading charges ? What about Data safety and misuse of device? Can anyone sell it and get another subsidised piece?


    (October 8, 2011 - 1:26 pm)

    Hi. I wanna buy Aakash tablet, where to get it !!!


    (October 8, 2011 - 8:57 am)

    Hello I am student of B.tech ; I want to know that the diff. b/w Aakash&Sakshat tablets


    (October 7, 2011 - 10:33 pm)

    I’ve seen toys with Lcd screens which displays and pronounces alphabets… They’re also educational devices… Will you call them tablets, if the India Govt. releases a press note saying that, its the cheapest tab in the world made by India… I appreciate the Govt’s interest towards education… But I feel pity for its quality… Its ridiculous that govt. is behind designing a very very low quality tablet, while its not even able to supply text books for school students at time

    sanyam rastogi

    (October 7, 2011 - 7:33 pm)

    will the commercial version is going to have access to all android apps available in android market ?
    will the commercial version is going to have a camera. if yes then what is its specifications ?


    (October 7, 2011 - 7:29 pm)

    nice this so uSe ful for Student……..

    bhavik shah

    (October 7, 2011 - 7:24 pm)

    hey does the student version has sim card slot and the tablet is only for IT student or for any course?

    bhavik shah

    (October 7, 2011 - 7:18 pm)

    hey does the student version will have sim card slot and is it for all students or only for IT students?


    (October 7, 2011 - 7:00 pm)

    does it have a webcam…and will we have to buy apps from the sakshat portal and over it all do you think its worth it..i mean the display is touch with a stylus…pls do answer me up. im the student represntative at my institute..i will talk up to my dean if its woth it


    (October 7, 2011 - 4:31 pm)



    (October 7, 2011 - 4:30 pm)

    the phone i purchases 3 years ago had a faster processor than this tablet…resistive touch, 366mhz processor, 256 mb ram ???
    seriously, are you people kidding ?
    cheapest doesn’t make sense when you are not giving enough features plus i don’t think it has motion sensor…so no motion sensor games and camera is also not there…the only thing i liked about this tablet is that it has expandable memory and usb ports…imho rest of the features aren’t very good and android os doesn’t make much sense because you cannot download apps…for someone who seriously want to buy a tablet and money is not an issue..don’t even think about this one and for someone who doesn’t really wanna buy a tablet but is willing to try the “cheapest” indian tab…well go for it..buying a 7″ touch screen device for 1500 isn’t a bad deal…nothing good…nothing bad.


    (October 7, 2011 - 3:04 pm)

    @anver dude than buy a chinese one!
    you are just looking at its negatives..luk at its postives…its far better than chinese!!
    Its not for u watching movies,playing gmaes…its for educational purpose!its best in its class..in this price!!go for it..i have it..its gud!


    (October 7, 2011 - 12:12 pm)

    Can we upgrade this to android 2.3 ?

    are the Indian Gov are making this as a open port OS project? so we student’s can develop further that this?


    (October 7, 2011 - 10:33 am)

    * 336 Mhz processor
    *256 MB RAM
    *Android 2.2 Froyo(mostly it won’t be upgradable to Gingerbread or Ice cream sandwich as the processor power is even low for a Froyo tab)
    *No Bluetooth or 3g
    *No Camera
    *No sensors(atleast for screen rotation)
    *No Android Market

    *#* I don’t think that it’s countable as a tablet… Even chinese tabs are better….


    (October 7, 2011 - 9:46 am)

    have it front side camera facility for video chating ?


    (October 7, 2011 - 9:45 am)

    have it interest video chating facility ?


    (October 7, 2011 - 8:50 am)

    till when will it be availabe?
    at this half price


    (October 7, 2011 - 3:25 am)

    i m student…but which 1 is the best aakash or the commercial version………….


    (October 7, 2011 - 12:59 am)

    hey gaurav, goverment says that in starting 100000 aakash tablet will distributed to students free of cost. can u explain about it,,,,,,pls reply me on my email address- ismraviprakash@gmail.com plz gaurav reply


    (October 6, 2011 - 11:27 pm)

    ha ha ha ha ha ha !@@@@@@@@!@!!!!!!!!!!??????????


    (October 6, 2011 - 11:26 pm)

    hi you dont want any tablet because “” tere pass paisa he nahi hai oky””””!!!!!!


    (October 6, 2011 - 11:10 pm)

    Sir can u please tell me about its resistive touch?
    i heard it is most annoying feature in this tablet.is resistive touch good?
    Will the commercial product be better than this(excluding GPRS feature).


    (October 6, 2011 - 10:56 pm)

    i am a student of private university.is there any provision in govt scheme to distribute AKASH in private institutions?

    shiba prasad lenka

    (October 6, 2011 - 10:25 pm)

    iam worker how can buy it through my corncen is there more specification and feature other tablet or mobile phone plz infrom


    (October 6, 2011 - 10:25 pm)

    when will it be available ? November which year ?and what date?

    nitin kare

    (October 6, 2011 - 10:01 pm)

    i m studying (MCA).how can i buy it through my collage……please imform………urgently

    sanjay baidya

    (October 6, 2011 - 9:17 pm)

    does it have motion sensor


    (October 6, 2011 - 8:11 pm)

    i am a student , how can i buy it through my school , is there any procedure ,if so please inform


    (October 6, 2011 - 7:42 pm)

    Hey m a student n i want to buy this tablet ?????


    (October 6, 2011 - 7:40 pm)

    @sukhla : i want to know whether it can be used …..by BSNL SIM or AIRCEL SIM ? in commercial TABLETS of rs 3000/-


    (October 6, 2011 - 7:35 pm)

    Govt. is providing 100000 akash tablet for students free is it true .
    If yes, then how can the student can get that free akash tablet.


    (October 6, 2011 - 7:33 pm)

    can we use 2g datacards in this tablet???

    mohit joshi

    (October 6, 2011 - 7:20 pm)

    isme Bluetooth hai aur isme sis file and computer games chalti hai


    (October 6, 2011 - 7:01 pm)

    is it possible to update android 2.2 to the latest available version like android Honeycomb on this device?


    (October 6, 2011 - 6:56 pm)


    see this for nice look of tab

    Setu Shah

    (October 6, 2011 - 6:14 pm)

    366 MHz processor and Resistive touch make it useless. This will be a dud in the open market. This tablet “from India” will remain a just a symbolic “discovery”. Any company can make it in this price with such a low configuration.


    (October 6, 2011 - 6:11 pm)

    i am a student bt i am droping dis year….so frm whr cn i buy dis..??


    (October 6, 2011 - 6:09 pm)

    Can i get 3g if i plugged in 3g dongles ?what kind of 2g speed ? edge..which class 32 or class 12 ?i wish the retail version has 600mhz ..and how about GPU specs ? can i able to watch hd videos ?

    Yakubu Ahmed

    (October 6, 2011 - 5:56 pm)

    I am from Nigeria, how do i buy and how much.

    devraj chouhan

    (October 6, 2011 - 4:23 pm)

    SERIOUSLY…….i proud to b a INDIAN

    Anand Kumar

    (October 6, 2011 - 3:52 pm)

    https://androidos.in/2011/10/35-tablet-aakash-faqs/comment-page-1/#comment-119302 The site may be fake, No official sites have as many as 25 domains. See the footer of the site mentioned in the comment by “Gaurav”

    Anand Kumar

    (October 6, 2011 - 3:48 pm)

    You answered some good question regarding UbiSlate. Any deadline for the commercial version launch?

      Gaurav Shukla

      (October 6, 2011 - 4:18 pm)

      @anand it is said to be launching within 60 days from yesterday.. so keep your fingers crossed…
      @raj There is no Android market in either of the version, as mentioned above, you should wait for the actual release..

    Rajshekhar V Kamate

    (October 6, 2011 - 3:29 pm)

    Whether the commercial version have android market facility? and can be order for the tablet online in this month i.e. October or need to wait till November?


    (October 6, 2011 - 3:24 pm)

    Does it support Sim slots or GPRS must be used via Data cards

    Ashish Mathew

    (October 6, 2011 - 3:24 pm)

    can we use 3g facility in anyway either with 3g sims or the plug to surf usb which supports 3g

      Gaurav Shukla

      (October 6, 2011 - 4:19 pm)

      @Dinesh Commercial version is said to be having SIM slot.
      @Ashish 3G is not supported.. you will get 2G speeds.


    (October 6, 2011 - 2:51 pm)

    366MHz ??? i seriously doubt it can handle everything!


    (October 6, 2011 - 2:47 pm)

    what are the features of commercial version? Is there camera, bluetooth,and other features which r in other tablets?

      Gaurav Shukla

      (October 6, 2011 - 2:50 pm)

      @himansu all the features are listed above. There is no camera, or Bluetooth.


    (October 6, 2011 - 2:37 pm)

    if i buy commercial version, i mean Ubislate 7 tablets for rs/- 3000, can i use BSN SIM CARD ? or BSNL EVIDO……………… ??

    when will it be launch ?? eager to launch the commercial version…to buy from stores ! can u say the excat date..when it wil be in store ??

      Gaurav Shukla

      (October 6, 2011 - 2:47 pm)

      @azad you will be able to use GSM SIM. Rest all the details are in the post.


    (October 6, 2011 - 2:23 pm)

    we run a private educational institute with 200+ students in various batches can we make available only 50 pcs to our students so as for personal & educational motivation in there studies pls respond we will pay as per the requirement posted by u


    (October 6, 2011 - 1:56 pm)

    Does it have inbuilt speakers in it???
    And can it acess android apps from web based android market????

      Gaurav Shukla

      (October 6, 2011 - 2:16 pm)

      @shawn Yes, it has speakers, and as we have already mentioned, you wont get access to Android Market..

    Manikanta raju

    (October 6, 2011 - 1:37 pm)

    is the phone having cam availabilty?
    if there what is the pixels??


    (October 6, 2011 - 1:20 pm)

    2GB is internal memory..?? Hw much space is supportd in microSD?

      Gaurav Shukla

      (October 6, 2011 - 1:26 pm)

      @abiram Yes, 2GB is internal memory and upto 32GB of microSD is supported.. same has been updated in post for future reference.

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