Aakash 2 goes on sale in India for $20

The new model packs a faster CPU, capacitive panel and a microSD card slot for adding more storage
Ivan Zhekov,

Aakash 2, the successor to the world’s cheapest tablet, is now available to students in India, according to a report from the BBC. The upgraded device, unveiled by Pranab Mukherjee (India’s President) on the country’s National Education Day, apparently offers palpable improvements over its predecessor. It is unsurprisingly manufactured by the Canadian company DataWind (headquartered in London) and carries a partly subsidized $20 (Rs 1,130; £13) price-tag.

Just to jog your memory, the original Aakash was based on an Android 2.2 OS and had a 366MHz ARM11 chip, 256MB of RAM, 2 gigs of storage and a relatively unresponsive, resistive touch-screen.

The affordable Aakash 2, on the other hand, is driven by an ARM Cortex-A8 CPU that incorporates one processing core operating at a frequency of 1GHz. Users are also provided with a 7-inch capacitive touch-panel of 800-by-480 pixels maximum supported resolution.

Furthermore, the mobile device houses 512MB of memory and 4GB of flash storage, which can be expanded by up to 32GB via the built-in microSD media card reader slot. Connectivity-wise, the slate computer features an integrated Wireless LAN module, one mini-USB port and a 3.5mm audio jack.

The tablet runs on an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and is equipped with a VGA front-facing web camera for video calls, G-Sensor and a 3,000mAh battery that lasts for around 3 hours on a single charge.

DataWind claim the commercial version of the Aakash 2, dubbed Ubislate 7C+, is priced at about $60 and offers 3G connectivity, as well.


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Ivan Zhekov, 2012-11-17 (Update: 2012-11-17)