The advanced version of low-cost tablet Aakash was launched here on Sunday by President Pranab Mukherjee.
Coming at a price tag of Rs. 1,130 for students, the new version ‘Aakash 2’ — which will be made available to students of engineering colleges and universities to begin with — is now powered by a processor running at 1 GHz, has a 512 MB, a 7-inch capacitative touch screen and a battery working for three hours of normal operations.
“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.
- Processor: 1 GHz single core ARM Cortex A8
- RAM: 512 MB RAM
- Screen: 7 inch capacitive touchscreen
- Storage: 4 GB internal, expandable upto 32 GB via MicroSD card
- Connectivity: WiFi, GPRS (optional) and Mini USB port
- Camera: VGA front facing
- OS: Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich
The upgraded Aakash runs Android 4.0 operating system, whereas its predecessor had Android 2.2 OS. The Aakash 2 sports a front-facing VGA camera, and has built in Wi-Fi connectivity. The new tablet has 512 MB RAM and internal memory of 4GB, which is expandable up to 32GB using a micro SD card. The tablet is said to offer around four hours of battery time.You can get your Aakash 2 tablet from your educational institution for the subsidized price, or you can visit the Datawind Official Website and buy the commercial version of Aakash 2 which is more expensive, but also has the option of a SIM slot.