first_imgBack in October last year students in India gained access to by far the cheapest Android tablet available on the market. The Aakash cost just $35, but as you’d expect, it was pretty limited on the feature front. Developed by Datawind in the UK and manufactured in India, it consisted of a 7-inch (800 x 480) resistive touchscreen, ARM processor running at 366MHz, 256MB RAM, 2GB storage, ran Android 2.2, and shipped with a battery rated at 3 hours.A year on and the Aakash 2 tablet has been released with the price reduced to just $21 for students. That’s incredibly cheap, but is the spec any better?The second generation tablet retains the 7-inch display and 800 x 480 resolution, but it now has a capacitive and multi-touch touchscreen. The processor used is a 1GHz Cortex A8, and RAM has increased to 512MB. There is now 4GB of internal memory, but a microSD card can increase that by up to 32GB. The OS has also been bumped from Android 2.2 to 4.0 and battery life remains at 3 hours.Students in India can get the new tablet at a subsidized price of $21, where as the Indian government is thought to be paying $41. The design has been handled by Datawind again who will also offer a commercial version using the name UbiSlate 7Ci. However, that version will cost around $83. If you want a version with 3G, the price rises to $90.For students in India the Aakash 2 seems to form a much more capable tablet that’s a massive improvement over the first version. For consumers, $90 is still cheap, but its likely most will choose to pay more and get a tablet with a better display and significantly more on-board storage.Read more at Datawind and IBN Livelast_img

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