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  • Aakash 2 coming on November 11, says Kapil Sibal

    Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal announced earlier this week that the new version of the low cost tablet, Aakash will be launched on November 11. At the Economic Editors' Conference, he said, "Hopefully on November 11, you will see the President talking to 20,000 students across the nation (who) will have their hands on Aakash."

    The original version of the low cost tablet was nothing short of a disaster since the company manufacturing it, Datawind, managed to sell only a few hundred units while the initial order was for around 1,00,000 tablets.

    However, the company blamed IIT-Rajasthan,the institute overseeing the project for it's failure.

    While the detailed specifications of the tablet are yet to be revealed, it is known that the tablet will be powered by a 1Ghz processor and 256 MB of RAM and will sport a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen display. The device will run on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). This a huge upgrade over the initial version of the tablet that had a 7-inch resistive touchscreen and ran the older, Android 2.2 (Froyo) while being powered by a mere 366 Mhz processor.

    Also, Kapil Sibal has revealed that Aakash 2 will also have a SIM card slot.

    While talking about the mass-appeal of the low cost tablet, Sibal said that once it's manufacturing starts in India, the tablet will cost as low as $35 (Rs.1500). “At the moment, we are actually formulating a Cabinet note for the manufacturing of five million Aakash tablets without any financial burden on the Ministry of Finance”, said Sibal.

    It is to be noted that Datawind has started supplying the Aakash 2 tablets to IIT Bombay since last month. Datawind has the initial order for 1 lakh Aakash 2 tablets, which is priced at $49 per unit.