Mr. Kapil Sibal the union minister officially unveiled the Aakash 2 tablet on Tuesday at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. This super low cost tablet pc is one of the Indian governments endeavor to make tablet pc’s within the reach for one and all and this model comes out with numerous changes and modifications as compared to its predecessor. This gen-next tablet pc of Aakash is set to be launched across Engineering colleges all over India before setting out in the market and it boasts of various modifications some which are a longer battery life, introduction of capacitive Touch screen and above all, a faster and much improved processor. The Indian government is leaving no stones unturned to ensure the success of the Aakash 2 tablet pc and launch it as soon as possible.
There is a vast difference between the Aakash and the Aakash 2 in terms of specifications and quality of performance. Some of the improved specs are as follows:-
- Introduction of 800MHz processor in place of the 366MHz processor in the original model.
- Capacitive touchscreen in the Aakash 2 has taken the place of the resistive touchscreen that was launched in the original model of Aakash.
- A 3200mAh battery has been put in place of 2000mAh battery to ensure long hours of enjoyment and a performance life extended by at least 3 hours.
- Aakash 2 is being made available at a reduced price of Rs. 2263 as compared to Rs. 2276 of the original Aakash.
The project initially handled by the IIT Jodhpur team was shifted to IIT Bombay 3 months back and the news of its proposed launch has also been announced thereafter. Reports have suggested that the IIT Bombay team is focusing solely on the launch of the tablet is also busy designing app for this extreme low cost tablet pc. Sources have revealed that the IIT Bombay team is also set to add some extra apps to enhance the quality of the Aakash 2 tablet pc. IIT Bombay also has the added responsibility of distributing the tablets to the engineering colleges all over India.
The government of India after discussing with the development team at the IIT Bombay has set a tentative time frame of December end by which the tablet pc will be distributed to approximately 250 engineering colleges provided things go according to schedule. Luck however has not sided with the launch of Aakash tablet PC’s. Datawind, which was in charge of the project initially, had a spat with IIT Jodhpur which forced the government of India to make the move and shift the base of the project to IIT Bombay. It was the same with the launch of the original Aakash tablet pc which was also delayed and was supposed to be launched in October last year but unfortunately could not owing to controversies which made sure that the productions of the low cost tablet pc’s was stalled which finally forced the government to come up with the idea of improving the original specs and propose the launch of Aakash 2.