On Sunday, Pranab Mukherjee, the newly sworn President of India launched the successor of Aakash -- India"s official budget tablet – the Aakash 2. The new tablet has been manufactured by UK based Datawind, the same company that was involved in the making of the first Aakash tablet.
According to PTI reports, Aakash 2 tablet will hold a price tag of Rs. 1,130 for students and it will be made available to students of engineering colleges and universities across the nation.
Talking about the specification of the Aakash 2, the tablet will sport a 7 inch multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display with 800 x 480 pixel resolution, 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, front facing VGA camera, Wi-Fi connectivity and 3,000 mAh Li-ion battery reportedly claimed to be delivering 3 hours of normal operation. Moreover, Aakash 2 will run on Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich OS.
Already informed in past reports, the new Aakash 2 tablet has been developed under the aegis of IIT Bombay with the active support of Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC).
“The price is Rs. 2,263 at which the government purchases the device from us. The government subsidises it by 50 per cent and it will be distributed to students at Rs. 1,130," said Datawind CEO Suneet Tuli.
Mr. Tuli said the government was also trying to encourage the State governments to chip in by subsidising it further so that the device could eventually be available to students free of cost.
Reportedly, the commercial version of the Aakash 2 unit is branded as UbiSlate 7Ci, and is available for purchase on DataWind's website at Rs 4,499. The tablet will be made available to the buyers online after 1 week from the purchase date. The mode of payments are Pre-Pay by Cheque, Demand-draft and pay Cash on Delivery (COD).
Well, with companies such as Micromax, WishTel and Zen mobile offering a slew of low cost Android based tablets, how well will Aakash 2 fare in an increasingly crowded and competitive low cost tablet market? Well, we will have to wait and watch for that as what the tech pundits across the globe have to say about this new offspring.
As reported past week, India will also showcase its low-cost Aakash tablet at the United Nations, highlighting the country"s innovation involved in the “most competitively priced" tablet computer.
According to the PTI report, India"s Permanent Representative to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri said a presentation on the tablet will be held on November 28 at the world body"s headquarters here to which UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon will be invited.
Let us know in comments, would you consider buying the new budget tablet at the given price?