DataWind in joint collaboration with the HRD Ministry has launched the Aakash 2 low cost Android tablet in India for Rs 1,132. This is a special subsidized price only meant for students. It is based on DataWind’s UbiSlate 7Ci.
With the Aakash 2, DataWind is taking a solid step forward from the original Aakash, which was panned universally for its poor user experience. From the original 366MHz processor, now the Aakash 2 a 1GHz processor built on the ARM Cortex A8 architecture. The previous model used a resistive panel, but the Aakash 2 adds a 7-inch capacitive display with four multi-touch points and a decent resolution of 800×480 pixels.
Apart from this the innards of the tablet include 512MB or RAM and 4GB of internal memory, which can also be expanded via the microSD card slot. Besides this unlike the Aakash, which ran Android 2.2, it runs Android 4.0. It also has a front facing VGA camera for video chats, and it has built in Wi-Fi connectivity.
Hardware enhancements apart it also comes preloaded with Amrita University’s e-Learning platform A-VIEW – Amrita Virtual Interactive E-Learning World. Amrita University has developed the mobile version of A-VIEW especially for the Aakash 2.
The commercial version of the Aakash 2, the Ubislate 7Ci is already available for pre-order via DataWind’s site for Rs 4,499.