Kapil Sibal likely to launch New Aakash Tablet soon

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The New Aakash Tablet will be officially launched by HRD Minister Kapil Sibal in the month of October, 2012. Datawind, maker of cheapest low cost Aakash Tablet, has claimed that it has started supplying the new version of the tablet to Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay.

According to Sunit Singh, CEO of Datawind Tuli, supplies are on to IIT Bombay. In the next few weeks, it should be launched. I do not have the exact date, but HRD Minister Kapil Sibal has said he wants to launch on the anniversary date which is October 5. The launch will depend on the Minister’s schedule, but it is not very far from now. Also, he explained that the company has started supplying the next version of the low cost tablet, Aakash 2, to IIT Bombay since the last one month and a half. However, he refused to disclose other details. As per the rough estimate out of 55 lakh orders, 4 to 5 per cent were pre-paid bookings. May be in a week or 10 days, all the pre-paid will be done. Then we will focus on pre-bookings. We are giving them offers to upgrade to Android 4.4 version, he added.

Datawind is delivers at around 1,500 to 2,000 tablets each day, being assembled within the country as well as outside, Tuli said. He added that company is in talks with channel partners to sell products across country, but it will first focus on the pre-booking order that it has.