Friday, March 16, 2012

Aakash 2 to land in April, set budget tablet lovers back a measly $40

Aakash tablet enthusiasts would be thrilled to know that the upgraded version of the tablet is set to hit the Indian street sooner than expected, Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal said during Question Hour in Lok Sabha on Thursday. The Aakash 2 tablet formerly known as the Ubislate 7+ has some better components and improved features to its predecessor. The devices are aimed and designed for India’s student population.

This most affordable tablet will cost you as little as $40 (approx Rs. 2000 only) and will debut in April. Expected to be more powerful to its predecessor, the Aakash 2 Tablet will feature a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display, and a 700 MHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor. That’s all will be backed by a 3200mAh battery that can deliver 3 hours of battery life. The slate will be flavored by yet has to confirm an Android version.
While, the original Aakash tablet had a resistive touchscreen, a 366 MHz ARM 11 processor, and a battery that was only good for around 2 hours.

Reportedly, the DataWind (the manufacturer of Aakash tablet) would supply 1-lakh upgraded Aakash tablets and then extent the distribution further so that all students had a tablet in their hand in the next 4 to 5 years, exactly what Human Resource Development’s Minister Kapil Sibal stated recently.
It seems like the Aakash 2 Tablet is going to be pitted against other budget tablets in India in terms of low cost devices. Stay tuned for more details and hopefully we’ll get our hands on one this time around.

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