The highly anticipated low cost Aakash 2 tablet is confirmed to go on sale in the Indian market from November 11. The recent news break has affirmed that the new tablet will run on Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) firmware, and will be powered by 1 GHz processor accompanied with a battery life of about 4 hours at a cost of Rs. 1500.
Meanwhile, 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.
Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO of Canada-based Datawind, which had won the Indian government's tender for making and supplying the tablets, will also be present on the occasion.
Aakash has been "described as the most competitively priced tablet computer by an Indian-origin entrepreneur," Puri said at a news conference yesterday to outline the Council's monthly agenda under India's presidency.
He said while the tablet would be called "frugal innovation" in UN terminology, it is a "competitively priced innovation."
Reportedly, Puri said the Indian mission to the UN took the initiative to showcase the tablet at the world body and other UN member states as well as media persons will be invited to the event.
Tuli would make a presentation to the UN audience on Aakash, which was launched in October last year by the Indian government to make available computing devices to students at subsidised rates.
The Indian mission intends to distribute a limited number of Aakash tablets to some member states.
Datawind had won the tender in 2010 to supply 1 lakh Aakash tablets for a price of around $49 per unit. The project had run into controversy following the Indian Institute of Technology at Rajasthan rejecting the devices manufactured by Datawind.
The Indian mission will also organise a cultural event at the UN on November 26 featuring the Shahi qawwals, who will be flying in from Ajmer for a Sufi music concert at UN on occasion of India's presidency.