Tech lovers exhilarated with joy when they heard about the release of Aakash the low cost tablet manufactured by Data wind aided by the Government of India. Well there’s a lot more that's coming up for the gizmo lovers as the arrival of Aakash 2 is announced. Aakash 2 is obviously the upgraded version of the predecessor.
The upgraded changes are the result of feedback obtained from the release of Aakash. Aakash was manufactured by the Canadian company Datawind. But the latest news tells us that Datawind will not be a part of Aakash 2. Therefore Aakash 2 will be solely manufactured in India and it truly will be an Indian product.
Aakash sported Android 2.2 operating system while the upgrade hosts Android OS 2.3. There will be a regular expansion in case of RAM as Aakash 2 is expected to house 1 GB RAM. Earlier there was a hoax regarding the increment in price of the latter as the features are going to be enhanced.
The tablet is powered up with a Cortex A8 processor @ 700 MHz while its predecessor was equipped with Arm 11 @ 366 MHz only. It is equipped with a 7 inch touch screen. It has also got a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. The video quality and streaming is also enhanced in this tablet. There is also a considerable improvement in battery power from 2100 mAh to 3200 mAh.
The former tablet had internet connectivity through only Wi-Fi and GPRS. While latter is armed with both 3G and Wi-Fi along with GPRS. The upgraded version is also equipped with phone functionality. Aakash had crash problems when using office applications and downloading Android apps. There is not much change in the screen size of the tablet as Aakash 2 sports the same 7” screen as in the predecessor. The availability of back camera in the upgrade has not been confirmed yet. But it is equipped with a front camera for video calling since the tablet is 3G enabled.
While the first of the series was criticized for short comings like over-heating, system crash, battery drain which occurs possibly due to the short period testing and checking of the tablet. It is hoped that even the trivial factors will be carefully scrutinized while the testing of the new tablet. The IT minister, Kapil Sibal has announced that the tablet will be still available at the same cost as its predecessor with minor increments due to enhanced features. Three more IITs are going to be included in the design & production of the tablet. It is projected to be released in April.