Aakash 2 Tablet is now being supplied to IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Bombay. According to a recent report — courtesy The Press Trust of India — the DataWind (the manufacturer of Aakash tablet) has started supplying the upgraded version of the Aakash slate since the last one month and a half.
DataWind CEO Suneet Singh Tuli has also confirmed October release for the new tablet, though that could depend on the HRD Minister’s schedule. That said; the Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal is looking forward to launch the new tablet on the one year anniversary of the Aakash tablet, October 5th.
With the aim of 220 million units of the tablet-series for distribution across the country, the HRD minister, way back in February, has already confirmed the Aakash tablet as soon-to-be free for all students in India.
The new Aakash 2 Tablet formerly known as the Ubislate 7+ has some better components and improved features to its predecessor. That said; featuring an improved battery life with a three-hour backup, the new tablet also comes sporting a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display, and a 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor. Coupled by 512MB of RAM, tablet’s 4GB of storage could deliver enough space to upgrade educational apps.
The tablet is also rumored to be upgraded with Ice Cream Sandwich, but it might not run well as it doesn’t meet the recommended specifications for this Android version. Head down over the following quick spec run-down of the slate.
- 7-Inch Capacitive touchscreen display
- 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor
- Android 2.3 OS
- Front-facing VGA shooter
- 4GB internal storage
- 512MB of RAM
- Wi-Fi, GPRS, SIM and Phone functionality
- MicroSD card and miniUSB slot card support
- 3200mAh battery
Apart from being free for IIT students, the new Aakash 2 tablet commercially will retail for around INR 2000 (circa $35). According to recent reports, the company has already received additionally 5.5 million orders for the slate from general customers. Moreover, the company is already delivering tablet with ICS upgrade for pre-booked orders. We’ll do a follow-up post when the tablet goes on sale. Stay tuned.