The most awaited Indian tablet, Aakash 2 has been launched on the occasion of National Education Day. The tablet launch was in presence of President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee and the Human Resources and Development (HRD) minister, MM Pallam Raju.
Talking about the cost of the tablet, the new tablet will be made available to students in India at a subsidized price of Rs 1,130. Major highlight of the Aakash 2 include:
- Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
- ARM Cortex A8 1 GHz with 512 MB of DDR3 RAM.
- 4 GB internal storage, 32 GB microSD support.
- 7″, 4-point capacitive multi-touch display with pixel dimensions of 800×480.
- 0.3 megapixel front camera.
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Mini-USB port with OTG, 3.5 mm audio jack, G-sensor.
- 3200 mA Li-ion battery with up to 3 hours of backup.
- Package Contents: Wall charger, USB adapter, USB cable, 4-port USB hub.
Suneet Singh Tuli, DataWind CEO said:
“We wish to use technology to fight poverty with a passion. Access to computers and internet will help deliver a better quality education and level the playing field for all Indians”.
Datawind, the designed, developed, and manufactured, will supply 100,000 units of this tab to IIT Bombay in the first phase. IIT Bombay has developed unique and compelling applications for engineering students on the Aakash2 platform, which include 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. These will be made available to engineering and other college students, with the goal of benefiting 220 million students in the coming years.