The first gen Aakash came, failed to win many hearts, and then left, with no one bothered in the least. Thankfully, for those who were intending to buy the ultra low cost tablet project, there is Aakash II in the pipeline and it’s all set to debut in a few weeks from now.
What is also good news is that the new Aakash II, even with improved internals, will still cost the same as the original Aakash. For hardware, Aakash II is based on a 800 MHz Cortex A8 CPU. The tablet will have a 256 MB RAM along with 2 GB of internal storage. While the Aakash II will continue to have a 7 inch display, it will now have a capacitive screen instead of resistive and will therefore support multitouch. There are also reports from computerword that the tablet will be provided with the update to Android 4.0, though at a later date. All of this is absolutely a big improvement over the 366 MHz processor and Android 2.2 that the original tablet had.
Datawind’s PR agency revealed, “The company is working with IIT Mumbai for Aakash 2 and will start supplying the tablet to government this month. Datawind’s original order for 100,000 units has been transferred for Aakash 2 now. After the order of 100,000 units is met, MHRD will invite bids for more tablets. And Datawind will bid again.”
Watch this space on the 26th of April as we bring all the details of the next gen Aakash in complete details.