Aakash 2 is back on track, to be launched very soon
The Aakash 2 tablets are back on track and are expected to be launched very soon. The tablets are expected to be available for students at a subsidized price of Rs 1,132
HRD minister Kapil Sibal has announced that the next generation of Aakash tablets dubbed as the Aakash 2 would be launched very soon. According to NDTV Gadgets, the announcement was made at the first convocation of BITS Hyderabad.
Last week, an article published on the New York Time‘s Global Edition for India had reported that the Aakash 2 tablet was being touted as the world’s cheapest computer and that it was back on track. The article also reports that the new tablets were being tested by teachers across India and that a commercial version, known as “Ubislate” from the same manufacturer is also expected to follow soon.
The Aakash 2 tablets would be made available to Indian students at a subsidized price of Rs 1,132 through 20,000 colleges and 416 universities across India, while the commercial version is expected to cost between Rs 3,499 to Rs 4,299.
The Aakash 2 features a 7-inch capacitive touch screen with much improved response and multi-touch support offering 800 x 480p resolution. The tablet runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and is powered by an 800MHz Cortex-A8 processor paired alongside 256MB of RAM. The device offers an internal storage of 4GB and a SIM card slot which implies that the tablet could double up as a mobile phone as well. Apparently a variant without the SIM card slot would also be available and this variant is expected to feature an additional second USB port.
The tablet also features a USB port, an audio jack and a memory card slot through which the internal storage capacity could be further extended up-to 32GB.
Apparently, the device can only be used with Wi-Fi for Internet connectivity because the USB port doesn’t support mobile broadband dongles.