Lost Cost Tablet Aakash 2 to Aid Indian students

Indian president Pranab Kumar Mukherjee unveiled a tablet on the 11th November, which happens to be Indias National Education Day, that is a tablet made to aid Indian students. India is once again trying to make low-cost computers available to students across India.

The president unveiled the upgraded version of the world’s cheapest tablet computer, despite functionality and distribution problems that beset the device’s predecessor.Aakash - UbiSlate7

Made by a UK based company by the name of Datawind, the Aakash 2 comes with a longer battery life and is faster than its earlier version. It is expected to go on sale in a week’s time for as little as 2,263 rupees or $40/£26 for those in other countries.

A right to information request, which was filed by Indian media blog Medianama, showed that only 572 of the first devices have been distributed, reaching fewer than 20 colleges across India. It is expected that the first 100,000 units of the latest tablet will be offered to students at colleges and universities at a subsidised price of 1,130 rupees or $20/£13, before appearing in stores across the country.

Mr Mukherjee said at the event that”Technology-enabled learning is a very important aspect of education,” He added “This must be adapted to our specific needs and introduced expeditiously in all educational institutions across the country.”

The Indian government believes that low-cost tablets can help them revolutionize Internet access across the country. At the moment, there are close to 150 million Internet uses within India but for a country with a population close to 1.2 billion, this is a relatively small number.

The Aakash 2 has a 7-inch (18cm) screen, the latest Android software, and a three-hour battery life. It also has 800Mhz processing speed, 800×480 pixel resolution and 512MB memory.

The new tablet benefits from a SD card slot, a USB port and works over Wi-Fi. It does not have 3G capabilities, however, so users will need access to a good Internet connection.

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