It looks like the upgraded Aakash tablet will be launched in August with Android ICS for a price of Rs 2,263. Last time we reported that the Aakash 2 will be launched in July but now it seems like it will be out in August. And that's not all. The ICS based tablet will be available for a price in India of Rs 2,263.
There were reports stating that the HRD Minister, Kapil Sibal announced that the tablet is ready for launch and that it is preloaded with more features and a faster processor. The presence of Android ICS in the Aakash 2 was announced during April. The other specifications of the tablet include a 256 MB RAM, 800 MHz processor and a 2 GB flash storage. The Aakash 2 is a major upgrade to the Aakash tablet that was launched in October 2011. The initial version had a 7 inch resistive screen, a 366 MHz processor and an older ARM processor. It was based on the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system.
Datawind, the manufacturer of the original Aakash tablet began to face a lot of criticism as the users began using the tablets. It was accused to have poor build quality, poor battery life and many others. Later, there were issues between IIT Rajastan (involved in testing the tablets) and Datawind. IIT Rajastan wanted Aakash tablet to be waterproof. But, Datawind claimed that it made a humble tablet and not something with military styled specifications. Finally, this project was handed over to IIT Bombay for testing.
Hopefully, Aakash 2 launches as it is expected to. Datawind was not able to do so with the the original Aakash tablet. Let us wish all the good luck for the manufacturer to launch this low cost Android ICS tablet successfully. Initially, the Aakash tablet started the culture of low cost Android tablets but the other manufacturers have come up with their products pretty soon.