Aakash 2, Cheapest Tablet for India, to Sell for $20 After Subsidy

November 12, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The pre-launch bombination spread out by the cheapest tablet in world, Aakash, a joint venture of the Indian government and the British manufacturer DataWind for revolutionizing the educational standards in India, couldn’t keep up the promise when it reached the people.

Although some reviewers called it ‘fair enough considering its low price ($35 for the students), a majority of them criticized for it sluggish touchscreen sensitivity, powerless hardware, absence of speakers and the like.

Taken all the negative pouring in on Aakash, a second version of the tablet, Aakash 2 has been launched by the HRD ministry of India in conjunction with DataWind and now it seems to be a deserving resurrection.

The $40 tablet will given to the universities and engineering colleges of India for a subsidized rate of $20 (Rs 1,130). Initially, devices will be given to the students.

The project is aiming to fan out the device to about 22 crore students with in the next five to six years.

Aakash 2 comes with an appreciable overhaul replacing its old version’s 366 Mhz slowpoke processor with 1GHz Cortex A8 processor. The 7-inch resistive touch screen has been ditched and placed a 7-inch capacitive display with 800×480 pixels. The table has 512 MB RAM and 4GB internal memory having a microSD card slot to support up to 32 GB storage.

Aakash 2 runs on Android 4.0 operating system and its battery can hold up to four hours. A microUSB port and a front facing camera are the other notable additions from its predecessor.

The commercial version, aka UbiSlate 7Ci, is also available for purchase from DataWind’s website for Rs 3,500.

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