Touch the Aakash, not the sky but the tablet; Aakash 2.0 launched in India

Suneet Singh Tuli, the mastermind behind the world’s cheapest tablet believes that Aakash has the potential to revolutionise educational access in the developing world. He don’t give a damn if the product is an iPad killer or not but care about 3 billion people who can afford this device.

Aakash-2, the utterly cheap tablet, designed, developed and manufactured by DataWind will defy your costing imagination. It will be available to students at a subsidised price of Rs. 1,130. DataWind is supplying the Aakash tablet to the Indian government at Rs. 2,263 per unit.

The commercial version of the Aakash 2 unit is branded as the UbiSlate 7Ci (Rs 3,500 per unit), and is available for purchase on DataWind’s website.

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The first one lakh devices will be provided to students of engineering colleges and universities and subsequently these will be distributed to others.

The Aakash 2 platform has been developed by IIT Bombay that includes 3D-modelling, C++ programming, remote and collaborative training applications, robotic control and live assessment tools. IIT Bombay has partnered with the Center for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), to assist with the hardware testing and logistics.

Into-the-specs:

7-inch multi-touch 4-point capacitive display with 800 x 480 pixel resolution, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, 512 MB of RAM, Cortex A8 1 GHz processor, 4GB built-in storage, microSD card slot that supports storage up to 32 GB, micro USB, Wi-Fi b/g/n and a 3,000 mAh battery. The included accessories are wall charger, USB Adapter, USB cable and USB Hub (4port).

The technology leaders of India had given a positive nod to the innovative device and envision all 220 million students across India to be enabled by low cost Aakash devices in the coming years.

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