Union minister Kapil Sibal has said that India’s low-cost tablet, the Aakash 2 will be available to students on November 11. While the first version of the tablet disappointed, this one is likely to be a much improved version with 1GHz processor and Android 4.0 operating system. The Aakash 2 tablet is purported to have a four-hour battery life along with capacitive screen. The minister also said that the price of this tablet could further be brought down to Rs. 1,500 is manufacturing activities are conducted in India.
Speaking at Economic Editors’ Conference Sibal said, “Hopefully on November 11, you will see the President talking to 20,000 students from across the nation, who will have their hands on Aakash.” He further added that the Indian government is in the process of creating a Cabinet note for manufacturing of 5 million Aakash tablets without putting a financial burden on the Ministry of Finance.
The tablet was first launched last year to bridge digital divide in the country. It was slated to be the world’s cheapest tablet PC but the first version did not take flight. DataWind had earlier said that Aakash 2 will be available in October this year, but the date has further been postponed.
While there are a number of budget tablets in the market, this one is clearly highly in demand. But when it will be out is still a concern.
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