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DataWind launches Aakash 2; to be sold to students for less than Rs 1,200

Late last year, Canadian firm DataWind Ltd, in partnership with IIT Rajasthan, introduced the world’s cheapest tablet called Aakash for Rs 2,500. The project came under the Human Resources & Development Ministry’s National Mission on Education but turned out to be a major flop show. However, the company seems to have learnt from its mistakes and has now launched a new version called Aakash 2.

The tablet was formally launched by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on Nov 11. The new version has been designed and developed by DataWind and during the first phase, the company will supply one lakh units to IIT Bombay, who will then distribute those to engineering students. While DataWind will sell the tablet to the Human Resources & Development Ministry for Rs 2,263 a unit, the government will subsidise it and students can buy it for as low as Rs 1,130.

IIT Bombay also claims that it has developed new apps for the Aakash 2 platform, especially for engineering students, including 3D modelling, C++ programming, remote and collaborative training apps, robotic control and live assessment tools. Let us have a look at the specifications of the device.

Aakash 2 has a 7 inch capacitive touch screen display (800×480 pixel resolution) and runs on Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system. It is powered by a 1 GHz Cortex A8 processor, has 512 MB of RAM and comes with 4 GB of internal storage, expandable up to 32 GB with a microSD card. On the connectivity front, the tablet has Wi-Fi and also comes with micro USB ports.

In comparison, the original Aakash tablet is a 7 inch device (but with resistive touch screen) and runs on Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS. It is powered by a 366 MHz Connexant processor, has 256 MB of RAM and comes with 2 GB of internal storage, expandable up to 32 GB. The device has Wi-Fi and supports optional 3G modems. It also comes with two USB ports.

While Aakash 2 is meant for the student community (just like the original Aakash), the commercial version of the tablet, branded as UbiSlate 7Ci, is available at Rs 4,499 on DataWind’s website. You can pre-book the tablet here (that is, if you are willing to risk it once again). Interestingly, the company has provided all three modes of payment on the site (online payment, cheque/demand draft and cash on delivery), but the price and the delivery time changes accordingly.

If you are paying online, delivery will take one week; for cheque/demand draft, it will be 3-4 weeks and for COD, it will be 8-12 weeks (in addition to a price bump of Rs 200 as shipping charges).

So what is your take on the new device? Will it suffer the same fate as its predecessor or will the company be second time lucky? Share your comments below.

(Edited by Sanghamitra Mandal)

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Ravi Batra November 12, 2012 17:06

how to buy aakash tablet 2 for student\ kindly confirm the same .

Anand Radhakrishnan November 12, 2012 17:40

The Akash tablet will truly fuel online engagement and rapid consumption of digital media. The numbers projected are stunning. with better broadband and data connectivity over the next few years there will be a major impact on e-learning business models.

Dhiraj kumar sinha November 12, 2012 17:51

How buy aakash2

Shivam sharma November 12, 2012 17:53

Sir want to buy a akash2 tablet on student base

Anshad November 12, 2012 18:19

how i buy aakash tablet 2 for student? “i am a diploma in engineering student”

Lisha ann November 12, 2012 18:59

Is the tablet available for degree students or only engineering students?

krishna November 12, 2012 19:17

how an engineering student can buy an aakash tablet?

PRAJWAL RIGVEDI M November 12, 2012 19:20

The data wind is cheating the students and peoples of India. I paid Rs 2999 in last year for prebook of Akash tablet. But I not yet received the same. I send many requests to them. But no reply.
Kindly aware the people to not become a fool.

Thanking you.
with regards.
Prjwal Rigvedi
Student.

mandeep singh November 12, 2012 19:28

how we book aakash tab

prashant kumar November 12, 2012 19:30

can i order it online

ROAHN POKHARNA November 12, 2012 19:36

HEY I AM A ENGG STUDENT .. how to buy SUBSIDISED
aakash tablet 2 for student\ kindly confirm the same

ram panwar November 12, 2012 20:34

I think Aakash2 is a briliant tablet for students and its price is unbelievable :)

Ajmal sha.m November 12, 2012 22:32

I want to buy an Aakash 2 Tablet under the student scheme, how do i do it?

dharmendra shripal November 12, 2012 22:48

Hi, i’m an engineering student. How do i buy the tablet online. kindly provide information on it plz

rahul sharma November 12, 2012 23:39

Hey i am a medical student. How do i buy aakash2 online under the government subsidised scheme?????

Ritesh Ojha November 13, 2012 6:54

How can we book aakash 2 online?

Shivam sharma November 13, 2012 7:25

Sir, please tell me how to buy akash2 tablet online

Shubham Nema November 13, 2012 12:18

how do i buy aakash tablet 2 online? i am also an engineering student!!

bhavya November 13, 2012 13:06

On which sites can i get the aakash 2 tablet for Rs-1130
Kindly give me the site details.

gaurav goala November 13, 2012 15:58

Sir, i am a student and i want to know how can i shall buy the aakash 2 tablet on the subsidised price. Kindly inform me about it.

Divya s November 13, 2012 20:26

I am a B Ed. student, how can I book an Aakash 2 tablet on the subsidised rates

vaishnav s raj November 13, 2012 21:49

how can i get the aakash 2 student version???please reply..

qadir November 14, 2012 2:02

Hi, I’m an Iranian student. Can i buy the Aakash 2 tablet in my country, is it available for online purchase?
Thank you

Bharat Adhikari November 14, 2012 15:46

I want to buy aakash 2 tablet. I am from Nepal but as of now I am in India. I am also an engineering student so please tell me how to bye it.

Chaudhari akshay November 15, 2012 7:09

I am a BCA student, am i eligible for the tablet and how can i buy it?

Shaikh afroz November 15, 2012 8:41

I am a 12th class Science student and i want to buy the akaash 2 tablet, where and how can i do that?

Anand Rai November 15, 2012 13:00

Hi,

As of now, the subsidised version of the Aakash 2 tablet will only be distributed by IIT Bombay. Probably that will change going forward.

But you can book the unsubsidised one here http://www.datawind.com/device-specification/prebook7ci.html.

vineeth April 6, 2013 20:43

sir i am studying in 12th.i want to buy aakash, give the suggestion for me how to buy it in online

Prabhat Kumar April 10, 2013 11:59

I want to purchase Aakash-2 Tablet on the subsidised rates offers to students
What is the procedure and how to make payment.

JATIN NIRANJAN KUMAR SACHDEV May 26, 2013 19:06

how to buy aakash tablet 2 for student\ kindly confirm the same

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