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


Post Author: Gaurav Shukla

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

    suyash jain

    (December 14, 2013 - 11:57 pm)

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    mohammed sadiq

    (September 14, 2013 - 9:44 pm)

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    (September 5, 2013 - 6:05 pm)

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    (April 1, 2013 - 11:42 pm)

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    (January 14, 2013 - 6:12 pm)

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    (December 18, 2012 - 9:06 pm)

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    SURYAKANT KUMAR

    (December 18, 2012 - 8:59 pm)

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    mahesh

    (December 14, 2012 - 8:25 pm)

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    kunj bihari pandey

    (December 14, 2012 - 4:15 pm)

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      ramakant seth

      (March 8, 2013 - 5:15 pm)

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    mao

    (November 19, 2012 - 12:29 pm)

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    Noufal

    (November 17, 2012 - 3:15 pm)

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    Akshay Pathare

    (November 16, 2012 - 11:40 pm)

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    Akshay Pathare

    (November 16, 2012 - 11:37 pm)

    how the students can get akash 2 tablet…………………………..

    VISHWAS BHALSING

    (November 16, 2012 - 10:07 pm)

    Plz send me akash all detail in coming on colleges

    om

    (November 16, 2012 - 6:50 pm)

    Keep the lid on enthusiasm people. you are never going to get your hands on this tablet. Datawind and Government are fooling you all. There is going to be extreme shortage of it even if it is available. They plan to make it available in 5-6 years ? lol . what a joke. do you think this technology will even be viable after 5-6 years ? and i dont think it comes in 3g. how many schools are equipped with wi-fi ? what about warranty ? after sales service ? its all a big scam. BEWARE

    abrar

    (November 15, 2012 - 9:38 pm)

    I AM AN ENGG STUDENT FROM HYDERABAD ,”I WANT TO BUY AKASH-2 HOW IS THE PROCEDURE FOR BOOKING THE TABLET”!!!!!!

      Jainjainam

      (November 16, 2012 - 12:18 am)

      sir iwant to book akash tablet how to bookit

    Vinayak kumar

    (November 15, 2012 - 9:24 pm)

    sir,i am student of b.tech .how and where i can register itself for tablet

    manohar

    (November 15, 2012 - 6:53 pm)

    hi sir , i want to buy the akash tablet but iwant subsidary prise becoz i’m doing P.G.

    Mamidi Ramesh

    (November 15, 2012 - 6:23 pm)

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    i want to buy akash-2 ……..how?

    Deeshu Shahi

    (November 15, 2012 - 6:15 pm)

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    ATUL TIWARI

    (November 15, 2012 - 6:15 pm)

    SIR I AM A STUDENT OF DELHI UNIVERSITY SO HOW CAN I GET AKASH TAB 2

    sanjay yadav

    (November 15, 2012 - 6:14 pm)

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    maheboob mirza

    (November 15, 2012 - 5:46 pm)

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    vivek

    (November 15, 2012 - 4:19 pm)

    Hello sir,
    I m the student
    sir, I want the information about how to book tab and after booking when I get tab in my hand and also about payment process….
    Address Khalari (mohan,nagar ) (Ranchi) mobile no. 9939105007

    ravikumar

    (November 15, 2012 - 3:30 pm)

    i am a diploma student . i want buy this tab. please give me suggestion for buy this tab……..

    sagar

    (November 15, 2012 - 2:22 pm)

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    (November 15, 2012 - 12:02 pm)

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    aakansha

    (November 15, 2012 - 11:59 am)

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    tell me how can i buy this tab…
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    pankaj

    (November 15, 2012 - 11:54 am)

    sir,
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    and how can be buy this tab on student base….
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    rishika

    (November 15, 2012 - 10:21 am)

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    rishika

    (November 15, 2012 - 10:19 am)

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      MOHIT PASWAN

      (November 15, 2012 - 4:27 pm)

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      coll me 8873352613

    JAYANT BODSE

    (November 15, 2012 - 8:48 am)

    Hello sir,
    I m the student of engineering
    sir, I want the information about how to book tab and after booking when I get tab in my hand and also about payment process

    Ashish ranjan

    (November 15, 2012 - 12:58 am)

    sir, i have booked akash-1,but i have changed my location from jamshedpur to new delhi.so i want,my tablet could be given at my new address..
    c/o-kamlesh pathak,
    H.No-B-1248,sangam gali,new ashok nagar,new delhi,110096

    Purwanand karhade

    (November 14, 2012 - 10:48 pm)

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    Purwanand karhade

    (November 14, 2012 - 10:46 pm)

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    Md Ashim ansari

    (November 14, 2012 - 8:08 pm)

    I an student mujhe akash tablet booking ke bare me batana iski jarurat hai

    Ramneet Singh

    (November 14, 2012 - 6:55 pm)

    I am a college going student can u tell me from which site i can book this online

    Mohammed Asif

    (November 14, 2012 - 6:53 pm)

    Sir,

    I am mohammed asif sir tell me how to purchase akash2.0 version
    recently announced by president.

    Kisan saroj

    (November 14, 2012 - 6:43 pm)

    I am student i want to a purchase akash 2 tab please give me information how take it

    prakash

    (November 14, 2012 - 6:04 pm)

    hi i am prakash, i am student ,i want to buy plz tell me detail

    Chandrika chauhan

    (November 14, 2012 - 5:41 pm)

    I am a computer eng. I want to purchase akash 2 tab please give me details how to purchase very nice looking this tab

    shankar

    (November 14, 2012 - 5:23 pm)

    Hai i want akash-2 how to give order for buy it

    KIRAN

    (November 14, 2012 - 12:53 pm)

    i want to buy akash-2 ……..how?

    Gaurav

    (November 14, 2012 - 11:06 am)

    Sir,Madam
    please give me information to purchase akash 2 tab and kya mai tab se call bhi kar sakta hu

    shanif kp

    (November 13, 2012 - 10:02 pm)

    i’m shanif from Kerala i’m post graduate student how to purchase me
    plz send me details

    raku

    (November 13, 2012 - 9:53 pm)

    iam engineering student. how to order for tab

    raku

    (November 13, 2012 - 9:52 pm)

    how to order tab, i am engineering student

    tarique ahmad

    (November 13, 2012 - 8:55 pm)

    i want to purchase . how to purchase plz detail me i always thanks to u

    mohd amir ashrafi

    (November 13, 2012 - 8:50 pm)

    I am a student of engineering calloge and I want to akash tab 2.please you sent how I want

    R.Sitaraman

    (November 13, 2012 - 3:14 pm)

    I AM NOT A STUDENT BUT WISH TO BUY ONE AKASH 2 TAB. PLEASE SEND ME DETAILS

    sadique

    (November 13, 2012 - 3:04 pm)

    i am a student . i want to buy how

    anjaneyulu

    (November 13, 2012 - 11:18 am)

    i want to buy akash-2 ……..how?

    ved prakash

    (November 13, 2012 - 10:30 am)

    say me the process by which i will buy the akash – 2 lablet which is distributed by our government of india for student

    prasad gadekar

    (November 13, 2012 - 7:57 am)

    Frndz i think datawind is very cheap,fake and froud compony .Thus does’nt kept faith on that

    praseetha

    (November 13, 2012 - 7:46 am)

    how the students can get akash 2 tablet…………………………..

    raja

    (November 12, 2012 - 8:16 pm)

    pls do inform me how to book it online n get the akash2 tab…

    pawan tiwari

    (November 12, 2012 - 7:42 pm)

    Koi batao ki book kaise karna hai.

      rajneesh pachar

      (November 12, 2012 - 10:13 pm)

      kya karega ye din to padhne or likhne ke hai en bato me kuch nhi rakha hai muuuuuuuna padh leeeeeeeeeee

    sachin jain

    (November 12, 2012 - 7:01 pm)

    hay its look like windows 8 device… look at device in hands of mr. pranav mukharji

    Ambuj kumar

    (November 12, 2012 - 5:52 pm)

    I have booked ‘ubislate7+’ in the month of Jan.2012. As required by the Datawind Company, I have paid Rs.2999/- in the month of Aprial 2012 which has acknowledged by the Datawind. I am kept on promice that I will get my ‘Ubislate7+’ firstly by the end of May2012, thereafter, company has e-mailed me that I will get the device by the end of June2012.Now, this is Nov 10th. I think ‘Datawind’ Company is palying fraud with the public money in collusion with the Govenment and some of the Ministers.

      Manav

      (November 12, 2012 - 8:14 pm)

      File a complaint in cyberpolice for online fraud then only these companies will act.

      sohan

      (November 14, 2012 - 4:16 am)

      Yes, Datawind is playing a fraud in india…
      It is to obvius , and it has kept maney of many persons like you.
      lock a case against Datawind and go for another tablet,
      the is also a reason not to go witk akash is that it will work or not,
      means if u get the tablet and it works , then the company has no resposibility against it,
      it comes without warrenty..

    Ambuj kumar

    (November 12, 2012 - 5:46 pm)

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

      Sandy

      (November 13, 2012 - 3:11 pm)

      Abe ye kab ayega

    vinay

    (November 12, 2012 - 5:22 pm)

    AAKASH-2 launched hahahahahaha guys what about AAKASH-1 has anybody seen it i think distribution of AAKASH-1 will satrt during launch of AAKASH-3
    anyways this is definition of INDIA new model launched while orignal one,still not distributed

    jisbert

    (November 12, 2012 - 4:02 pm)

    I have booked ‘ubislate7+’ in the month of Jan.2012. As required by the Datawind Company, I have paid Rs.2999/- in the month of Aprial 2012 which has acknowledged by the Datawind. I am kept on promice that I will get my ‘Ubislate7+’ firstly by the end of May2012, thereafter, company has e-mailed me that I will get the device by the end of June2012.Now, this is Nov 10th. I think ‘Datawind’ Company is palying fraud with the public money in collusion with the Govenment and some of the Ministers.

    Bevin

    (November 12, 2012 - 3:11 pm)

    How can we purchase this tab. . Is there any online shopping available. . .

      rahul modi

      (November 12, 2012 - 4:51 pm)

      how can we purchase this tablet … is there any online shopping available

    swamy

    (November 12, 2012 - 2:28 pm)

    I want to online booking process ?

    imran

    (November 12, 2012 - 2:12 pm)

    DON’T TRUST UPON DATAWIND,THEY R PURE CHEATER,AFTER PRE-PAYMENT,THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE R WAITING FOR AA..KAASH ..SINCE THIS DATE.SINCE FEB.2012 .BEWARE…….

    RIDHI. S. R

    (November 12, 2012 - 1:35 pm)

    I AM WAITING FOR AKASH TABLET. PLEASE, TELL ME HOW CAN I GET IT ? RIDHI
    CLASS 2, K.V. PATTOM.

      dipan

      (November 12, 2012 - 3:24 pm)

      huuummmmm

    Chandan kumar goi

    (November 12, 2012 - 1:04 pm)

    I am a engg student of orissa,Please give me akash tab-2.

    kapure chandrakant dashrath

    (November 12, 2012 - 12:56 pm)

    Hume bhi milega kya bhai

      vinay

      (November 12, 2012 - 5:23 pm)

      ese galat ashaa mein maat raho bhai hume nahi milega

    kapure chandrakant dashrath

    (November 12, 2012 - 12:55 pm)

    Hey friend, can u plz tell me how to order akash -2 ?

      vinay

      (November 12, 2012 - 5:26 pm)

      LOL did you got aakash-1

    Jayanta Kr Mitra

    (November 12, 2012 - 12:54 pm)

    My son studying ENGINERING in 2nd Year at Techno Group College . Ihereby request you
    how to get AKASH TAB 2 which launch on 11/11/12 by our President.
    Thanks.
    Jayanta Kr Mitra

      sakthi

      (November 16, 2012 - 5:52 pm)

      It will be available in delhi , shystems shop in shajahanabad

    maaz

    (November 12, 2012 - 12:19 pm)

    how do u get akash2 tablet for students for 1150/-….

    SANDEEP

    (November 12, 2012 - 11:49 am)

    PLZ GIVE ME AKASH TAB-2 PLZ

      sakthi

      (November 16, 2012 - 5:53 pm)

      Ente pocketilu undu ..vannu edutho.

    SANDEEP

    (November 12, 2012 - 11:48 am)

    PLESE GIVE ME AKASH TAB-2 PLZ

    Gyanu

    (November 12, 2012 - 11:47 am)

    These r only paper views. I hav booked dis tab on feb but there is no any response till now.

    Ravi

    (November 12, 2012 - 11:39 am)

    How to buy akash2 ??

    krunal

    (November 12, 2012 - 11:24 am)

    pLZZ TELL ME HOW TO BY THIS TABLET…………..

    Pooja Shrivastava

    (November 12, 2012 - 11:16 am)

    How to buy akash tablet onlkine ….?

    vini

    (November 12, 2012 - 11:16 am)

    y r d specifications different in different sites??

    kiranmoger

    (November 12, 2012 - 11:15 am)

    Plz frend how to order akash tablet tell me

    sanjay borle

    (November 12, 2012 - 11:15 am)

    hi please tell me how to order Low-cost Aakash 2 tablet debuts with 1GHz processor,
    i want to urgent .

    vini

    (November 12, 2012 - 11:14 am)

    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

    (November 12, 2012 - 11:10 am)

    Woo! Itz great… I wanna hve tht Aakash. Cn any1 suggest me hw I’l get tht? Pliz….

    nayeem

    (November 12, 2012 - 11:09 am)

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

    Dhirendra Pandey

    (November 12, 2012 - 11:03 am)

    when are able t get Akash 2 in market

    sachindast

    (November 12, 2012 - 10:57 am)

    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

    (November 12, 2012 - 9:44 am)

    hey, friends plz tell me how to order akash-2..?????

      raghu

      (November 12, 2012 - 11:56 am)

      its all political gimmik u cant get my friend….

      anjuman

      (November 12, 2012 - 12:51 pm)

      how to order aakash tablet-2 earli as possibel

        anjuman

        (November 12, 2012 - 12:55 pm)

        cash on deliveri please contact no. and address sent me

    atul

    (November 12, 2012 - 9:36 am)

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

    Pramod

    (November 12, 2012 - 9:17 am)

    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

    (November 12, 2012 - 8:35 am)

    When Akash 2 tablate available in market

    Anoob

    (November 12, 2012 - 7:53 am)

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

    sandeep

    (November 12, 2012 - 7:09 am)

    we get this at near bsnl office are not

    san

    (November 12, 2012 - 12:06 am)

    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

    (November 11, 2012 - 11:20 pm)

    I want to online booking,plz tell me how to order akash-2

    chandan pandit

    (November 11, 2012 - 10:24 pm)

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

      san

      (November 12, 2012 - 12:00 am)

      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

    (November 11, 2012 - 10:10 pm)

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

    anand

    (November 11, 2012 - 9:55 pm)

    HI

    Please let me know more update on.

    Regards
    Anand

    Santosh gandhi

    (November 11, 2012 - 9:47 pm)

    What the procedure for getting akash2 tab ?.

    Satish Kumar

    (November 11, 2012 - 9:46 pm)

    what is the procedure to get akash teb-2

    kaushal

    (November 11, 2012 - 9:41 pm)

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

    tanmay bhadauria

    (November 11, 2012 - 9:40 pm)

    when it will come in mkt and how students get it

    R. Ramana

    (November 11, 2012 - 9:33 pm)

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

      kanishk

      (November 11, 2012 - 9:53 pm)

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

    hari

    (November 11, 2012 - 9:23 pm)

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

    pawan

    (November 11, 2012 - 7:19 pm)

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

      R. Ramana

      (November 11, 2012 - 9:26 pm)

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

    Vishal

    (November 11, 2012 - 6:42 pm)

    I want to online booking because it is very cheap.

    prakash mishra

    (November 11, 2012 - 5:55 pm)

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

      MrBishop

      (November 12, 2012 - 7:26 pm)

      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

    (November 11, 2012 - 5:47 pm)

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

      Vishal

      (November 11, 2012 - 6:56 pm)

      This is an indian product.

    sushrut

    (November 11, 2012 - 5:44 pm)

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

      pravin

      (November 12, 2012 - 9:48 am)

      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

      (November 12, 2012 - 5:14 pm)

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

    anamika

    (November 11, 2012 - 5:43 pm)

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

    Tushaar

    (November 11, 2012 - 3:03 pm)

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

    atul

    (November 11, 2012 - 2:28 pm)

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

      kuldeep rajput

      (November 12, 2012 - 10:52 am)

      market mai bhi to lao bhai k sirf tv or net par hi dehhne ko milege ye product

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