Low-cost Aakash 2 tablet debuts with 1GHz processor, will be sold to students for INR 1,132

The second iteration of low-cost Aakash tablet for students was announced earlier today at a press event by the Indian President. Dubbed as Aakash 2.0, tablet’s previous version never reached the students till now, but we hope things are different this time around. The tablet, which comes at a market price of INR 2,236, will be sold to students at a subsidised price of INR 1,132.

The tablet is manufactured by Canada-based Datawind.

The Indian government initially plans to distribute 100,000 of these tablets to students of engineering colleges and universities, followed by other students. About 220 million Indian students will get the device across the country in the next five-six years.

Aakash 2 features a 1GHz processor, Android 4.0, seven-inch capacitive display and will give four hours of battery backup.

Indian president Pranab Mukherjee unveiled the device at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi and the launch event was attended by hundreds of teachers across the country through online video conferencing.

There is still no clarity on how the tablet is going to be distributed to the students in the country. We are trying to find out and will update the post accordingly.

Update: According to Deccan Chronicle, Indian Government has chosen 244 engineering colleges in the country that will work as remote centres for “Aakash in Education” programme, coordinated by IIT-Mumbai under the National Mission on Education through ICT (NME-ICT). The programme will cover all engineering colleges in due course.

Aakash 2 key features:

  • 7-inch capacitive display
  • 512MB RAM
  • 1GHz Cortex A8 processor
  • 4GB storage
  • microSD card slot
  • USB port
  • 3,000 mAh battery

Few images of the Akash 2 tablet from VB, which got hands on the tablet recently:

 Full press release:

President Unveils Aakash Version 2.0 Tablet on National Education Day

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee took the occasion of National Education Day to release and dedicate to the nation, the innovative and modestly-priced Aakash Version 2.0 tablet in New Delhi today.

Unveiled in the presence of Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju, Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Sh Jitin Prasada and Dr Shashi Tharoor, Ministers of State for Human Resource Development, Aakash Version 2.0 is a full-fledged tablet computer . IIT Bombay along with the Ministry of Human Resource Development has created several useful educational applications for the tablet. Teachers and students in the remotest corners of India can join a classroom and benefit from lectures delivered by the best teachers.

Some of the initiatives in technology-enabled education that can run on Aakash Version 2.0 tablet include Ten Thousand Teachers Training Programme – a live video interaction with participants , Clicker applications for real time feedback in country-wide classroom, Daisy Books for differently-abled students, NCERT content , GNU Khata- an accounting package for barefoot accountants in rural areas and Scholarship Portal integrated with Aadhar.

On National Education Day, which is also the 124th birth anniversary of Independent India’s first Education Minister , Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, rich tributes were paid to the great freedom fighter and eminent educationist.

Top Photo Credit: PTI

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  • praseetha

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    • Manav

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      means if u get the tablet and it works , then the company has no resposibility against it,
      it comes without warrenty..

  • Ambuj kumar

    please tell the procedure that how the students can get the AKASH2 tablet.

    • Sandy

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  • vinay

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  • Bevin

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  • swamy

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  • imran

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    Thanks.
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  • maaz

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  • Gyanu

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  • Ravi

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  • vini

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  • vini

    so r v not ganna get dis stuff for this price???
    is it all fake??? i find it lyk day afta reading all dis comments…. wil v get dis at dis price??

  • Beckknyk

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  • nayeem

    can you tell me when it will come to the market.
    . frnd, can u plz tell me how to order akash-2???

  • Dhirendra Pandey

    when are able t get Akash 2 in market

  • sachindast

    weather these tablet give for NTTF students or not ???what are the steps to be followed for buying these when it is available in kerala market

  • piyush

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    • raghu

      its all political gimmik u cant get my friend….

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      how to order aakash tablet-2 earli as possibel

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  • atul

    how to buy Akash-2 Tablet ?
    when it will come in market and how students get it ? which shop is availble ?

  • Pramod

    Can’t understand why a Government supported /sponsored program supporting/ included a Pirated App Store.

    http://www.ubislate.com/partners-with-getjar/index.html

    Why can’t they give the Official Play Store access.

    Search a keyword of Google or Gmail in http://www.getjar.com/ app store and you can see all pirated apps.

  • Patel Nilesh

    When Akash 2 tablate available in market

  • Anoob

    Hi . I want this tablet . Bt i dont know how to book it

  • sandeep

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  • san

    MY SUGGESTION TO YOU ALL. DONT DONT PRE-PAY (PAYMENT BEFORE DELIVERY) TO DATAWIND IN ANY CASE EVEN IF THEY SAY YOU WILL GET IT IN RS. 5-/ . YOU WILL LOSE YOU MONEY.
    there are millions of order with datawind (check datawind website). and if you book now it may take infinite days.

    san

  • Akash deep

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  • chandan pandit

    please tell the procedure that how the students can get the AKASH2 tablet early please

    • san

      you will never get it. you just type “ubislate delivery” in google you will know the situation.
      datawind is only doing advertisement. I have booked my ubislate in January 2012 and paid for it in March 2012 but still waiting for delivery. It is not only me how has not received it there are millions of customer and datawind also agree on it. so if they can not delivery to those who had booked 1 year back then if you book now then it will take approx 2-3 years (may be never). so spend little more dont be greedy.

      san

  • Vatsal Rohit

    Plz tell me How to order Akash-2..???

  • anand

    HI

    Please let me know more update on.

    Regards
    Anand

  • Santosh gandhi

    What the procedure for getting akash2 tab ?.

  • Satish Kumar

    what is the procedure to get akash teb-2

  • kaushal

    how to buy????????????????????????????

  • http://androidos.in tanmay bhadauria

    when it will come in mkt and how students get it

    • http://androidos.in neha bhadauria

      pl tell how to get it and what is cost

  • http://Gmail.com R. Ramana

    please tell the procedure that how the students can get the AKASH2 tablet early please.

    • kanishk

      i think it will get to college students and then it will be distributed to school one’s….

  • hari

    From were will we get the tablet ?????????

  • pawan

    please tell the procedure that how the students can get the AKASH2 tablet.

    • http://Gmail.com R. Ramana

      please tell the procedure that how the students can get the AKASH2 tablet.

  • Vishal

    I want to online booking because it is very cheap.

  • http://mishrap175@gmail.com prakash mishra

    can i talk to other person by using this tablet………………………..?

    • MrBishop

      Yes it has a Video Camera on the front and Skype installed by the looks of the pictures. I suggest you “side-load” gtalk and use that instead though.

  • anamika

    I hope they are not claiming this as an indian made product. Because i have the same exact device but called NXG X10 :)

    • Vishal

      This is an indian product.

  • sushrut

    sale apne apne ghar me hi bhar dete he. Market me aate hi nahi.

    • pravin

      sahi kaha sushrut….sab setting lagate hain…sale 2 sal se bol rahe hai aakash tablet is for students… our ek baar launch kiya to bolte hain saal bhar mein milega…aakash tablet is for students…are students gentelman banenge tab market mein laoge kya ???

    • vinay

      hahahaha sai kaha akash-1 ka bhi ye h tha 2 bhi apne saare minister le jaenge

  • anamika

    Looks like allwinner a10 based device. Specwise better then previous version.

  • Tushaar

    is it for real… i have not even seen the Akash 1 in any one’s hand till now….???

  • atul

    hey frnd, can u plz tell me how to order akash-2???

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