DataWind, earlier this morning, has officially launched the Aakash 2 tablet. Priced at a wallet-pleasing INR 1,132 tag (circa $20), the new slate will be sponsored by HRD Ministry — just like its predecessor — since the low cost tablets in India have been receiving an overwhelming support from students and the general public alike.
The tablet is tagged at approx half of the price, from what we did expect for — and this is a good hint to the report, previously stated by HRD minister Kapil Sibal; wherein he confirmed to make the Aakash tablet free for all students.
Moving on, the new Aakash 2 tablet packs beefed up specification over its predecessor. That said; along with a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, the device will be flavored by Android 4.0.3/Ice Cream Sandwich. Backed by 512MB of RAM, the Aakash2 houses 4GB of internal memory, which can also be expanded via the MicroSD card slot.
Based on DataWind’s UbiSlate 7Ci brand, the tablet grabs a decent resolution of 800×480 pixels — thanks to its 7-inch capacitive display with four multi-touch points. Along with four-hours of battery life, this VGA front-facing shooter equipped slate also has built in Wi-Fi connectivity.
We’re told that the tablet will come pre-loaded with Amrita University’s e-Learning platform A-VIEW – Amrita Virtual Interactive E-Learning World.
Commercially the Aakash 2 tablet will run you back INR 4,500 — unless you’re not a student. It can be preordered through DataWind’s site starting today.