Aakash-2 – The India Tablet

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A low-cost tablet PC, known as Aakash-2 was launched in India in 2011 on November 11, the National Education Day, for use in engineering college and schools. It is proposed to be used for imparting critical digital skills in rural areas. It is priced at Rs. 1132 each, with a 50 per cent government subsidy. Its manufacturer, Datawind, clarified that the computer had been assembled and programmed in India and that some of the components for the first 10,000 units were procured from subcontractors abroad in China and South Korea.

Its touchscreen (seven and a half inches) had been made by the manufacturer’s own unit in Canada. It is planned to produce them in India itself. The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay had been associated with the project. The computer runs at 1GHz and has a three-hour battery life. It is hoped that Aakash-2 will work well, unlike its first version (released in 2011), which had several problems. However, inadequate supplies from Canada have delayed the project.

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