India Launches World Cheapest Tablet PC Aakash 2

India launches world cheapest tablet  Computer Aakash 2

Aakash 2 Price in India = 3500 rupees (64 dollars)

New Delhi – India (Monday, November 19, 2012) – India has launched a new version of its ultra-low-cost tablet computer with a quicker processor and an improved battery, on sale to students at the subsidised price of $20. The Aakash tablet, dubbed the world s cheapest computer, has been developed as a public-private partnership aimed at making computing technology available to students in a country where Internet usage is only at around 10 percent.

Aakash2 tablet Specifications

Aakash 2 tablet Specification

Makers of the tablet, Britain-based Datawind, say the Aakash 2 is powered by a processor that runs three times faster than the original, has a bigger touchscreen and a battery with a life of three hours.

Technology enabled learning is a very important aspect of education,  Indian President Pranab Mukherjee said Sunday at an official launch function.  This must be adapted to our specific needs and introduced expeditiously in all educational institutions across the country,  he added.

The first version of the Aakash was launched by the government in October last year but it was marred by problems including a short battery life, initial long waiting lists and difficulties with distribution.

The paperback-book-sized Aakash 2, developed by Indian engineers at elite IIT public universities, runs the Google operating system Android 4.0 and has a screen measuring seven inches (18 centimetres) wide.  Unlike the previous version which was a non-starter, this time around there are some functions and features around the Android tablet which make it a decent computing device for that price,  stated pluggd.in, an Indian website that analyses gadgets.

The first 100,000 devices will be sold to students at engineering colleges and universities at a subsidised price of 1,130 rupees (20 dollars) and subsequently Aakash 2 will be distributed to book stores in Indian universities.

Datawind says the commercial sale price without subsidies for Aakash 2 is 3,500 rupees (64 dollars). AFP

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