The second iteration of low-cost Aakash tablet for students was announced earlier today at a press event by the Indian President. Dubbed as Aakash 2.0, tablet’s previous version never reached the students till now, but we hope things are different this time around. The tablet, which comes at a market price of INR 2,236, will be sold to students at a subsidised price of INR 1,132.
The tablet is manufactured by Canada-based Datawind.
The Indian government initially plans to distribute 100,000 of these tablets to students of engineering colleges and universities, followed by other students. About 220 million Indian students will get the device across the country in the next five-six years.
Aakash 2 features a 1GHz processor, Android 4.0, seven-inch capacitive display and will give four hours of battery backup.
Indian president Pranab Mukherjee unveiled the device at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi and the launch event was attended by hundreds of teachers across the country through online video conferencing.
There is still no clarity on how the tablet is going to be distributed to the students in the country. We are trying to find out and will update the post accordingly.
Update: According to Deccan Chronicle, Indian Government has chosen 244 engineering colleges in the country that will work as remote centres for “Aakash in Education” programme, coordinated by IIT-Mumbai under the National Mission on Education through ICT (NME-ICT). The programme will cover all engineering colleges in due course.
Aakash 2 key features:
- 7-inch capacitive display
- 512MB RAM
- 1GHz Cortex A8 processor
- 4GB storage
- microSD card slot
- USB port
- 3,000 mAh battery
Few images of the Akash 2 tablet from VB, which got hands on the tablet recently:
Top Photo Credit: PTI