Aakash 2 did see light this Diwali, with the festive season witnessing its launch for a meagre price of Rs. 1132/-, subsidized by the Indian Government only for students. Others would have to shell out Rs. 4499/- to get themselves one of these beauties. Based on Datawind’s Ubislate 7Ci, the Android tablet features an ARM Cortex A8 based 1 GHz processor and a 7″ capacitive display that renders 800×480 px resolution. Aakash 2 even has 512MB RAM and about 4 GB internal storage (expandable). It is powered by Android 4.0 ICS, and for connectivity it supports Wi-Fi. The tablet has preloaded learning software: Amrita University’s e-Learning platform A-VIEW (Amrita Virtual Interactive E-Learning World). Compared to the original tab, which ran on Android Froyo, had a 366MHz processor and a resistive display, this here is one delightful steal.
Aaksash 2’s launch today was carried out by India’s newly elected President, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, at Vigyan Bhavan in Delhi. The tablet could be ordered for at Datawind’s official website.
Recently, Aakash 2 was in the news for all the wrong reasons- for the disagreement over quality that erupted between IIT Rajasthan and the tablet-manufacturer Datawind, but the problems seem to have settled with the firmware and the display upgrade. We do hope that the money invested on this tab doesn’t go down the drain for the consumer.