At a convocation of BITS- Birla Institute of Technology and Science Hyderabad , Minister of Human Resource and Development, Kapil Sibal revealed that Aakash 2, India’s low cost tablet will be officially launched soon. Reports that have emerged indicate the cost effective tablet is expected towards the end of July. Earlier in June Sibal had announced deliveries of Aakash 2 tablet would begin soon at engineering collages.
Over 100,000 units of the low cost tablet will be made available. Aakash 2 tablet which will replace the original Aakash tablet is deemed to be more powerful than its earlier version. The new tablet will run on Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and is expected to be priced under Rs 3,000.
Kapil Sibal was quoted saying “It (the idea of low cost computer) was rejected throughout the world and it was said that India would not be able to make it. Our HRD ministry was committed to the Aakash project and ultimately we came out with the first version of the Aakash which costs Rs 2,276. Now, Aakash- 2 has been rolled out with battery life of three hours, 800 MHz processor, providing internet access everywhere and it has a capacitive screen. The process to distribute this device has begun and it would be formally launched very soon”.