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Aakash 2 launched at IIT-B with improved specs

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It has been time since we heard anything on a probable successor to Aakash, the cheapest Android tablet in the world.

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And now in association with the IIT Bombay which was handed over the charge of developing the successor to the Aakash, the Ministry for Human Resource & Development has announced the launch of the new improved version of Aakash, called the Aakash 2.


The Aakash 2 was unveiled at a teacher’s training workshop at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, which was viewed by more than 9,000 college teachers all over the country through video conferencing.
 
The project of developing Aakash 2 was first handed over to the IIT Jodhpur but as the development ran into rough weather it was alter handed over to the IIT Bombay. In a matter of 3 months since it was handed over the project, IIT-B made a few welcome changes to the tablet which include:
  • Increase of the processor speed from the previous 366 MHz to 800 MHz
  • Replacing the previous resistive touchscreen with a better capacitive touchscreen for easy and faster navigation on the tablet
  • Increasing the battery from the previous 2000mAh to a better 3200mAh one which would now provide about 3 hours of backup
  • The price of the Aakash 2 has also been negotiated to be a little lower at about Rs. 2,263 with improved specs than the Rs. 2,276 which was for the first-gen Aakash
The most important part of the Aakash 2 development is that that the new tablet can now allow student and users to write and run programs in C, C++, Python which is a major positive point for the students and the colleges.
 
If everything goes as planned and there are no speed breakers in this development then the first units of the Aakash 2 tablet will be dispatched to as many as 250 engineering colleges across the country by December-end.

Courtesy: IIT Bombay

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