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Much-hyped US$20 Android tablet Aakash 2 – the cheapest tablet computer in the world

Aimed at making computing technology available to students and revolutionize Indian education system, India has launched a new version of its ultra-low-cost tablet computer “The Aakash tablet” – at the subsidised price of $20. The Aakash 2.0 is powered by a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor with 512 MB RAM and  runs on Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS).

The latest version Aakash 2.0 tablet is 3 times faster the the original and has much bigger touchscreen “7 inches (18 centimetres)” with a 3-hour selflife battery.

The original low-cost tablet Aakash was launched by the Indian government in October last year, new tablet runs on the Google operating system Android 4.0. Aakash 2.0 will be used to train 15,000 teachers of 250 engineering institutes across the country, then 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.

“Aakash can prove to be an excellent educational tool and can be made even more versatile. IIT Bombay is actively helping us out in developing electronic content for the computer tablet,” said HRD minister M.M. Pallam Raju right after the launch, which was simultaneously beamed to 15,000 teachers across the country via Aakash 2.0.

But the commercial version of the Aakash 2.0 tablet by Datawind LLC, named Ubislate 7Ci, is likely to face stiff competition in the low cost market in India. The Aakash 2 tablet has been designed, developed, and manufactured by DataWind Ltd.

Aakash 2.0 Android tablet

Touch Panel:
Aakash-1 (IIT-Rajasthan spec) – Resistive
Aakash-2 (DataWind Spec) – Multi-touch Projective Capacitiv
UbiSlate 7C+ (Commercial version of Aakash2) – Multi-touch Projective Capacitive

Aakash-1 (IIT-Rajasthan spec) – Arm11 – 366Mhz
Aakash-2 (DataWind Spec) – Cortex A8 – 1Ghz
UbiSlate 7C+ (Commercial version of Aakash2) – Cortex A8 – 1Ghz

Aakash-1 (IIT-Rajasthan spec) – 256 MB
Aakash-2 (DataWind Spec) – 512 MB
UbiSlate 7C+ (Commercial version of Aakash2) – 512 MB

Aakash-1 (IIT-Rajasthan spec) – 2 GB
Aakash-2 (DataWind Spec) – 4 GB
UbiSlate 7C+ (Commercial version of Aakash2) – 4GB

Aakash-1 (IIT-Rajasthan spec) –  Android 2.2
Aakash-2 (DataWind Spec) – Android 4.0.3
UbiSlate 7C+ (Commercial version of Aakash2) – Android 4.0.3

Aakash-1 (IIT-Rajasthan spec) – None
Aakash-2 (DataWind Spec) – G-Sensor
UbiSlate 7C+ (Commercial version of Aakash2) – G-Sensor

Aakash-1 (IIT-Rajasthan spec) – 2100mAh
Aakash-2 (DataWind Spec) – 3000mAh
UbiSlate 7C+ (Commercial version of Aakash2) – 3000mAh

Aakash-1 (IIT-Rajasthan spec) – None
Aakash-2 (DataWind Spec) – Front – VGA
UbiSlate 7C+ (Commercial version of Aakash2) – Front – VGA

Aakash-1 (IIT-Rajasthan spec) – WiFi
Aakash-2 (DataWind Spec) – WiFi
UbiSlate 7C+ (Commercial version of Aakash2) – WiFi + GPRS

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