The “Aakash” name for the low cost Android tablets was given by the Indian govt. and the device was made especially for the students in the IT sector, but later on the manufacturer Datawind broke relations after insufficient number of devices were delivered on the promised time, and then they kept launching the tablet devices with the brand name Ubislate. The Indian govt. though still hasn’t stopped trying to help the students with some devices that could be a good help for them in various ways, and thus the Aakash 2 Tablet device has been introduced now. It will be a deep confusion for users because Ubislate tablet has been coming in different variants, and on the other hand none of them are being made clear of what would the next Aakash tablet be called as.
The Aakash 2 is going to come to a very small price of Rs. 1132, only if you are an Indian student of technology and if you aren’t it still won’t be costing you a lot, as $50 is the max you would need to pay. Finally what are going to see is a better list of specifications, after the disappointing first version of Aakash. There would be a 1GHz of processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and a 7-inch capacitive (yes, capacitive now) touchscreen along with a battery backup of 4 hours.
There isn’t any confirmation about the availability and the pricing in the market, as the government has plans to send it to the IIT students before it goes to the actual market. The Aakash 2 was unveiled at the Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi, and the event was attended by many teachers through video conferencing from all around the country.
The govt. is running a programme called “Aakash in Education” in which 244 engineering colleges would be included, coordinated by IIT-Mum-bai under the National Mission on Education through ICT (NME-ICT). The programme will cover all engineering colleges in due course. According to the local newspaper Deccan Chronicle, the Aakash 2 is being made by the same old manufacturer Datawind, and each device would be costing the company Rs. 2236 and the govt. will bear the extra cost after the students receive the discount.
Specifications of the Aakash 2 Tablet:
- 7-inch capacitive display
- 512MB RAM
- 1GHz Cortex A8 processor
- 4GB storage
- microSD card slot
- USB port
- 3,000 mAh battery
We will look for updates on what would come next from the government, and when the colleges would actually get the Aakash 2 in hands, but as of now it’s just the launch we have seen. Unlike last time, we are now seeing some promising features but whether there would be a regularized supply to the engineering colleges as promised.
Read our Aakash Tablet review, which we did of the first gen. tablet launched by the govt. previously.
Here’s the review of the Aakash tablet we did:
And we didn’t like the device much. Here’s what we did in the end:
August 3rd, 2012
The much talked and strongly failed tablet by Indian manufacturer is still a mystery. With Indian Government looking to launch the upgraded version of the Aakash for the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD). Relation between the earlier manufacturer of Aakash tablet, Datawind and HRD of India has grown worst as HRD claimed that Datawind has supplied them with the faulty tablets and Datawind claimed that due to non payment of agreed amount, Datawind left the project uncompleted. In between there were lot of cat fight with words but both seems to have buried the hatchet between them.
So Aakash 2 tablet will also be manufactured by Datawind in India and reports suggests that it will be available for the same price of Rs 1130 or the $ 21 for the students. This will be available for 20,000 colleges student under 420 universities in India. Nothing more interesting as it will be price for Rs 3500 to Rs 4200 for the other consumers marketed under its Ubislate 7+ brand name.
Going through the features of the Aakash 2, it will be with 7 inches capacitive touchscreen display which includes 256 MB of RAM and powered with 800 Mzh Cortex A8 processor. It will be seen with 4 GB of internal memory storage capacity and includes a micro SD card slot to expand the memory further. This will be available in two variants of the Wi Fi only model and the other with the 3G SIM card slot connectivity for data connection.
Check out the review of the Ubislate 7+ tablet which we got last month itself -