Remember the Aakash tablet? The original low cost budget tablet developed exclusively for students by a joint project (including the Govt. of India) is finally getting a successor, the new Aakash Tablet 2. The Aakash 2 aims to fix everything that went wrong with the Aakash tablet. The original tablet was marred with touch screen issues, performance and virtually anything else that could affect the basic functionality of the tablet. Like it’s predecessor, tthe Aakash Tablet 2 is made by manufacturer Datawind. Here’s hoping for better times with Aakash 2.
The Aakash Tablet 2 was launched by Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, today. The Aakash Tablet 2 is a (huge) upgrade over it’s (big) failure predecessor, the Aakash Tablet. The tablet packs decent specifications that put it in the league of Micromax Funbook and other 7″ budget tablets in India. Like the original, the Aakash Tablet 2 is made by Datawind. The pricing is the most crucial part, and the tablet has separate price tag for students and commercial use. Let’s find out more about the tablet, specifications, pricing and how to buy it.

Aakash Tablet 2 Full Specifications

  • The Aakash Tablet 2 packs decent specifications putting it in the same league as the Micromax Funbook and other 7″ budget tabs.
  • Alwinner A10 Chipset (??)
  • 1 GHz Single Core ARM Cortex A8 CPU
  • ARM Mali400 MP1 (single core) GPU
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 7″ capacitive WVGA (800×480) display
  • VGA front camera
  • G-Sensor, WiFi, mUSB
  • 3 hours battery life
  • Android 4.0.3 ICS

As you see, the specifications are just enough to let it run Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich smoothly (we hope). It all boils down to the optimization packed in by Datawind on the software side (if any, in case we get Vanilla Android 4.0).

Chipset & RAM

The chipset is most probably the Alwinner A10 which packs an ARM Cortex A8 CPU clocked at 1 GHz (single core only) and a ARM Mali400 MP1 (single core only) GPU. This should be enough for simple daily tasks as well as youtube streaming and light gaming. Do not go around expecting smooth as butter performance or the ability to run many apps (multi-tasking) without little (or loads) of hiccups. The 512 MB of RAM is to be blamed for that, but then again this is a budget tablet.

Multimedia & Display

The display is a 7″ WVGA (800×480) pixels resolution of capacitive make. We do not expect any wonders from it, just an average display. The display being capacitive is a huge plus. Earlier, the resistive display could barely register touches properly.

The Aakash Tablet 2 has a VGA front facing camera which enables video calling over apps like Skype, handy. No rear camera present.

Battery & OS

The battery rating is unknown. However Datawind promises about 3 hours of battery life on a single (full) charge which isn’t that bad. The operating system in question is the (not so latest) Android 4.0.3 ICS. For a tablet this cheap, we can’t really expect anything more.

Aakash Tablet 2 Pricing
The Aakash Tablet 2 has two price tags, one for students and one for commercial use.
Rs. 1,132 for students
Rs. 4,499 for commercial use

As you can see, students can avail this tablet for real cheap. The tablet isn’t that costly for commercial use either, making it a very nice value for money product.

Buy the Aakash Tablet 2

We don’t know how you can buy the Aakash Tablet 2 for Rs. 1,132 (yet) but we shall find out soon. Meanwhile, you can buy the tablet for Rs. 4,499 directly from Datawind’s website.

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