After a lot of rumors and uncertainties, the much awaited and cheapest Aakash 2 tablet PC has been finally launched in India. The launch of the tablet has been done by Paranb Mukherjee, the president of India, at a ceremony held in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The tablet will be made available for students of engineering colleges and universities in the country at subsidized price of INR Rs.1,190.

President of India Pranab Mukherjee at Aakash-2 Launch Held in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi

President of India Pranab Mukherjee at Aakash-2 Launch Held in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi

Aakash 2 is an advanced version of previously launched Aakash and many performance issues have been resolved. Unlike Aakash, Aakash 2 runs on Android 4.0 ICS platform and has 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM and features 7-inch capacitive touch screen display with 800×480 pixels resolution in comparison with Aakash which had 7-inch resistive touch screen and Android 2.2 Froyo OS. Aakash 2 also features a front facing VGA camera and comes with Wi-fi support. It has 4GB (internal) flash memory which can be expanded up to 32 GB via microSD card.

Aakash 2 has been developed under the National Mission on Education ICT (NME-ICT) program of IIT-Bombay and with the active supports of C-DAAC and is manufactured by Datawind.

According to Datawind, the first one lakhs units will be delivered to students of various engineering colleges and universities and there is an estimate that about 22 crore students will get the device across the country in the next five to six years. By coming Monday alone, 20,000 devices are expected to reach out to the students.