fter receiving flak for the very low-cost Aakash tablet, Datawind went ahead and won the bid for Aakash 2 as well. Surrounded by controversies and delays, the improved iteration of the original Aakash tablet has finally hit store shelves. Last month, President Pranab Mukherjee and Human Resources and Development (HRD) minister MM Pallam Raju launched the Aakash 2 tablet for students at a subsidised price of Rs. 1,130. In August, Datawind CEO Suneet Singh Tuli had told Tech2 that the company would meet the contractual obligation of supplying 1 lakh tablets for MHRD. He had further divulged that the product is meant for the students and teachers’ training purpose only. However, as expected, the commercial version of the Aakash 2, dubbed Ubislate 7Ci, is also available at Rs. 4,499. Here's all you need to know about the Aakash 2. SpecificationsProcessorThe biggest thorn in the flesh for initial Aakash users was its 366MHz processor. Though Datawind later provided improved Aakash units with 700MHz processors, the user complaints did not seem to fade. The Aakash 2 shows a huge improvement here with its 1GHz Cortex A8 processor. The RAM is also double at 512MB.DisplayThe touchscreen display was yet another unbelievably annoying component of the original Aakash. The resistive touchscreen was almost unresponsive and just didn't let users navigate across the device. This time around, Datawind has taken care that the display, which forms the vital factor of touchscreen tablets, is smooth enough. You will find a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen display, but the resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, same as the previous Aakash, has been maintained.
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