Datawind, the manufacturing company of upgraded version of low cost tablet Aakash has revealed a good news for the customers who are eagerly waiting for the launch of Aakash 2 in Indian market. The company has said that the Aakash 2 will be likely launched somewhere in the month of October this year but the supply of the Aakash 2 has already been started to Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB) for the distribution among the students at subsidized price of around USD $35.
Datawind CEO Sunit Singh Tuli told PTI :
Supplies are on to IIT Bombay. In the next few weeks, it should be launched. I do not have the exact date, but HRD Minister (Kapil Sibal) has said he wants to launch on the anniversary date which is October 5. The launch will depend on the Minister’s schedule, but it is not very far from now.
When the Aakash was unveiled, there were hardly any tablets under this price range in the market and at that time, the Aakash was being booked 1 lakhs unit per day. But now the launch of the Aakash 2 is happening in the time when there are already wide range of low-cost ultra smart tablets are available in the Indian market. Some reputed Indian manufacturer like Micromax, Zen Mobile, Zync and Karbonn has already launched a low cost efficient tablet. Just few days back, Datawind itself has launched four new 7-inch Ubislate tablets starting at price of 2,999 which are said to be the retail version of the Aakash 2 tablet.
Unlike its predecessor Aakash, Aakash 2 features 7-in capacitive touch screen display and comes powered by Android 4.0 ICS operating software. The Aakash 2 is far ahead in performance in comparison with Aakash as it is fully armed with 256 MB RAM and 800 MHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor which is twice as fast as the 366 MHz chip powered first Aakash. Apart from it, Aakash 2 is said to come with Wi-Fi and GPRS connectivity with voice-calling capabilities and shipped with a 3,200 mAh battery that is rated to deliver up to 3 hours of battery life.
What do you think ? Do you think that now Aakash 2 will be able to compete other tablets manufactured by Micromax, Karbonn etc? Let me know by your valuable comments.