$20 tablet, Aakash 2 launched in India

To accelerate the growth of tablets in Indian market, the Indian Government has subsidized a 7" tablet running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS to cost only Rs 1,130 (equivalent to US$ 20). On the occasion of National Education Day of India, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and the HRD minister, MM Pallam Raju launched the Aakash 2 tablet.


Technical Details of the tablet include:

  • OS – Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
  • Processor – ARM Cortex A8 1 GHz with 512 MB of DDR3 RAM.
  • Storage – 4 GB internal storage, 32 GB microSD support.
  • Screen – 7″, 4-point capacitive multi-touch display with pixel dimensions of 800×480.
  • camera – 0.3 megapixel front camera.
  • network – Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Mini-USB port with OTG, 3.5 mm audio jack, G-sensor.
  • battery – 3200 mA Li-ion battery with up to 3 hours of backup.
  • Included in package – Wall charger, USB adapter, USB cable, 4-port USB hub.

In the first phase the manufacturer, Datawind, will supply 100,000 units of Aakash 2 to IIT Bombay. Some of the apps IIT Bombay has been developing for the new tablet include 3D-modelling, C++ programming, remote and collaborative training applications, robotic control, and live assessment tools.


Aakash 2 will be initially made available for engineering college students and universities and it will be made available to others subsequently.


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