It was earlier reported that Aakash 2 Tablet will be released in February. But this release date has been postponed to April, a statement released by Indian government said.
Under pressure to provide better endowed low-cost device, the government has now turned attention to Aakash 2, which is likely to come at the same price tag of the original Aakash.
Government said, they are aware about the low-quality and complaints regarding their low-cost ‘Aakash 2 Tablet PC’, and they are planning to bring upgraded version of tablet in the form of ’Aakash II’. Kapil Sibal, HRD Minister had said that several other manufacturers including ITI would be involved in manufacturing the low-cost tablet.
“We want to make sure that the upgraded product caters to the need of the customers… We have involved ITI in order to upgrade it… We will be able to bring in Aakash-II by April,” Kapil Sibal said.
Mr Sibal said that Datawind, the maker of the device, has so far delivered 30,000 pieces and would deliver the remaining 70,000 units as per the revised specifications.
Features and Specifications of Aakash 2 Tablet
• Cortex A8 700Mhz faster processor, still it needs to be more faster, isn’t it?
• 256MB memory, (Itshould be upgraded to at least 1GB of RAM, it would be good for normal usage like -watching videos and accessing multimedia apps.)
• 3200mAh battery, claimed to provide up to 3-4 hours or run, the first version Aakash had only 2100mAh battery, which got lot of complaints.
• 2GB to 32GB external storage supported
• SIM slot for using GPRS, as well supports Wi-Fi
• Running on Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread Operating System
• Equipped with 2 USB Ports, to connect devices such as Pen Drives and Mobiles via USB Cables.
• Reportedly, in-built camera to come out with the latest addition
• 17.8-cm (7-inch) screen, probably TFT
• Possibly, capable of handling drops and shocks, and also waterproof to safeguard in rains.
• Document reading support of DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, ODT, ODP, PDF, Text Editor
• Image Formats support, including of PNG, JPG, BMP, GIF and all other formats.
• Supports many Video Formats, including MPEG, MPEG4, FLV, AVI, and also supports HD video-streaming
Aakash was launched last year. The device costing USD 35 (about Rs 2,000) was developed as part of the The National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technologies of the Ministry of Human Resource Development.