Aakash 2 for Students from November 11; Price Might Down Come to Rs. 1,500

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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In an announcement made by Datawind, the firm said it has started the delivery of its latest tab- Aakash 2 to IIT Bombay. The manufacturer of low-priced Aakash tab also declared that this affordable device will be out in the market this October.

According to a statement made by Sunit Singh Tuli, CEO, Datawind to PTI, “Supplies are on to IIT Bombay. In the next few weeks, it should be launched.” He also hinted at launching the device on Oct. 5th, which also marks the tab’s anniversary date.

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Tuli added that the launch date of Aakash 2 depends upon the schedule of Kapil Sibal, HRD minister. He further informed that Datawind was ready to launch the device since the last one month and a half. However, details remained undisclosed.

Earlier, Sibal had announced making the latest version of Aakash tab with a battery backup of three hours, a capacitive touch screen along with other new features at the same low price.

Datawind got the tender to manufacture and supply Aakash tablets for price of around $49 per unit. Apart from this order, the firm also received orders for 55 lakh more from other customers.

The company has delivered most of the pre-paid bookings, announced Datawind CEO. He also said that the focus now stays on supplying for the non-paid bookings.

He said that out of 55 lakh orders, Datawind got four to five per cent of pre-paid bookings. And the firm will supply all pre-paid booking within a week or 10 days. He also added that the firm is giving offers to upgrade Aakash 2 to Android 4.5 version.

Currently, Datawind is working on to supply around 1,500 to 2,000 tablets each day. These tabs are assembled both in India as well as outside the country.

Datawind is also in talks to sell the device across country, after it has supplied all pre-booking orders.

The price of Aakash tablet starts Rs. 3,499 for UbiSlate 7+ model and Rs. 4,299 for UbiSlate 7C, which is with a capacitative screen. Visit the link for more details on the low-cost tablets http://www.ubislate.com/Read the rest

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