Datawind’s $35 Ubislate tablet could be heading to schools in Philadelphia, as part of a new trial program, according to an article from the Financial Express.
The Android tablet is more commonly known as the Aakash (Ubislate is the version available to the general public), and is to date being used by students in India, who, thanks to a government subsidy, can get hold for the tablet for as little as $35.
The Financial Express now claims that a Philadelphia-based company called Wilco Electronics is talking about the possibility of attaining the license to create the Ubislate tablet themselves for the US market, with the hope of being able to push this tablet to Philadelphia schools as well as “under-served communities” in the area.
The Ubislate is a 7-inch Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) tablet, which has a 700MHz Cortex A8 processor, 256MB of RAM and 2GB of on-board storage. The slate has a resistive 800 x 480 resolution touchscreen, connections for a microphone and USB ports, and a battery life of around three hours.
Datawind has had to shrug off rumors recently that the firm was about to be ditched by the Indian government, which was reportedly unhappy with the quality of the first-version of the Aakash. The UK-based OEM maker has since gone onto deny those claims, and is now filling out the rest of its tender with the Indian government with the second incarnation of the Aakash.
Earlier this year, Datawind's Alia Khan told TabTimes that the governments of Brazil, Thailand, Turkey and Sri Lanka were also looking to get hold of the Datawind tablet.