Aakash 2 arrives on Indian school desks at $20!
The Indian government’s initiative to make technology an affordable enabler for students is surely seeing promise. The release of Aakash 2, the student-grade tablet has been awaited for a while but now arrives in full flourish. DataWind Ltd. has manufactured the tablet which will arrive at leading engineering colleges in India, including the esteemed IIT Bombay campus. The students of this institute have already developed various applications including 3D-modelling, C++ programming, remote and collaborative training applications, robotic control, and live assessment tools, all, on the Aakash 2 platform, thus proving the tablet’s feasibility with the academic masses. Specs after the jump.
Affordable as it may be, the Aakash 2 comes packed with Android 2.2, running on a 366MHz CPU, based on legacy ARM architecture. This may seem out of date for now but the price and the capabilities justify student requirements. Over 220,000,000 students a likely to receive it soon. The best part? It costs INR 1,130 that’s just above a mere $20.