Only a few days ago we reported that the Indian government was planning to launch the Aakash 4 tablet in January. So far Datawind has made all Aakash tablets, which are also available commercially as the DataWind UbiSlate. Now, Engadget is reporting that a variant of the UbiSlate known as the 3G7 has passed the US FCC, with 3G capabilities in tow. Also Read - Low-cost Aakash tablet project closes,1 lakh target achieved: RTIAlso Read - Government considers reviewing Aakash tablet specifications
The Aakash 4 will feature wildly improved specs including a dual-boot option of Android and Ubuntu. Other specs in the tender include 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory and cellular data connectivity via USB modems. Of course, this time the government is saying it has received interest from 12 global players but the Ubislate 3G7 could be Datawind’s version based on the suggested specs for the Aakash 4 tablet. Also Read - Aakash 4 tablets to be available in April for Rs 4,000: Kapil Sibal
Interestingly, the original report talked about support for 3G and 4G dongles in India, but according to the FCC filing the UbiSlate 3G7 will support HSPA connectivity out of the box rather than relying on connecting an external USB modem. Other features of the tablet include Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, a 7-inch display, a microSD card slot and 2-megapixel cameras on the front and back.