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Coming Soon An Improved Aakash 2 Tablet

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  1. jack

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    Aakash 2 in February 2012

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    As we have seen Aakash, world’s cheapest tablet computer which failed to meet our expectation. HRD minister Kapil Sibal said that a better and improved version of Aakash will be available in February next year.
    Aakash 2 will have 1 GB RAM that will allow faster multitasking compared to 256 MB RAM of current version. Microprocessor will be 800 MHz which is now 366 megahertz only and new version will allow to download videos from YouTube, of course you will need a good internet connection for that.
    New version will come with an inbuilt camera in front which can be used for online video chatting or use of Skype. Video chatting will help people to connect at cheap price.

    Improving all these feature with a 7 inch touch screen will make Aakash 2 more competitive with other tablets in market. Price for Aakash 2 will be same as first version of cheapest tablet Aakash, $49.
    HRD ministry said, “We have to evolve an eco-system of several vendors and its testing by IITs and other institutes to provide an Aakash to each child by 2017 (end of 12th plan).â€￾
    In Aakash there were only three companies but government believes that Aakash 2 will see better collaboration of IT companies. World Bank and several Prime ministers have shown interest in buying cheapest tablet for children.
    Aakash has created lot of global buzz for being cheapest tablet. It may be not fast and useful as current available tablets but at the price it beats all the competition. Government’s target to offer the tablet to 2 million students is still a challenge.
    “We have to evolve an eco-system of several vendors and its testing by IITs and other institutes to provide an Aakash to each child by 2017 (end of 12th plan),â€￾ a senior HRD ministry official said.


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    I am certainly a fan of Aakash, it may not be the best out there
    but in my eyes there is nothing thats better than Aakash,

    We can educate and connect the unprivileged students of not just
    our Country but also from world over.

    so that they can learn and grow
    just like the other more privileged ones. :happy:
     
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    Aakash-2 to be launched in February

    Come February 2012, a better and more efficient Aakash-2, world’s cheapest tablet computer, would be available at price of version 1, Rs 2,276 or US $ 49. Indian Institute of Technology, Rajasthan, has finalized improvements in Aakash-1 launched on October 5. “We expect to launch the new


    version of Aakash by January-February next year,” said HRD minister Kapil Sibal, who has been overwhelmed by international response to Aakash, showcased as device for “children of the world, at a recent United Nations conference in Paris.
    The Aakash-2 based on feedback from over 500 users of Aakash-1 in IITs and other institutions will have a new microprocessor of 800 megahertz as compared to 366 megahertz processor. It would fasten the tablet computer and would enable downloading of videos from youtube.

    The Random Access Memory (RAM) of the new version would be enhanced to one gigabytes (GB) from 256 megabytes in Aakash-1, which restricted multi-tasking.


    A senior professor IIT Rajasthan professor, who is heading the Aakash team, said the changes will increase the “functionality of the tablet” and will be more “competitive” to existing tablets in the market.

    To make Aakash-2 more attractive the IIT Rajasthan has also decided that the new version will have an in-built camera on the front for online video chatting or use of Skype and a better seven-inch touch screen.

    This comes after the IIT students, who are testing Aakash-1, citied overheating within 30 minutes, frequent hanging, poor sound quality, absence of support for all formats, and inability to install free software available online as some of the problems with the device. “Aakash is much below our expectations,” said an IIT student, who has used the device for last one month.

    Although the better Aakash would be ready by February 2012, its manufacturing to meet the government’s inspirational target of providing the tablet to two million students is still a challenge.

    “We have to evolve an eco-system of several vendors and its testing by IITs and other institutes to provide an Aakash to each child by 2017 (end of 12th plan),” a senior HRD ministry official said.

    Like in case of Aakash one, where three companies – London based Datawind, India based Quad --- came together the government believes that Aakash-2 will see a bigger collaboration of Indian and foreign information technology companies.

    This collaboration would be necessary, as Sibal said that several Prime Ministers and World Bank have shown interest in purchasing Aakash for children around the world. “There is lot of global buzz about Aakash and we have to meet the global expectation,” the minister, who has been marketing the device since its launch, said.
     
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    just a month old and we already have an upgrade making it comparable (even better than some) to the likes of tablets that come in 10-15k range !! eg beetel magiq , reli 3g tab , iball slide , spice mi720 , lenovo ideapad a1 , hcl me x1

    and cuz the price is not gonna change (35$) , akash tab will be hitting the sales figures of these ^^ tabs REALLY REALLY HARD !!!!

    even comparable kindle fire and B&N nook tab
     
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    wow posts from just 3 users......looks like not many guys are interested in akash even when its more cooler and popular by each passing day !!!
     
  8. Firemaster

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    I am Interested
    I am so so eager to own one:crazy_pilot::man_in_love:
     
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    we all are waiting for its release, commercial version of course
     
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    well i am not sure about it but it is rumored that the commercial version of akash aka ubislate is sporting a 600mhz processor and capacitive screen.....

    can anybody plz confirm this ??
     
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    I want capacitive screen!! :big_boss:
     
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    A cheaper laptop other than tablet would have served the needs of under-privileged students better. There was no concept of tablet before Ipad, and it can hardly put to any constructive use other than watching some videos or editing any documents.

    Government needs to think about the priorities.
     
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    Can you clarify what feature it is missing which a cheaper laptop will give???
     
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    Can you make a power point presentation or make a word file in a tablet?
     
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    Sorry I don't know. I don't have any tablet yet:cry:
    But can this feature not be added in tab???
     
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