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Aakash 2 tablet ready for release

New Delhi, Jun 27 (): Having more features with enhanced speed, the upgraded version of the low cost computing device Aakash 2 is ready for release said HRD minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday. Sources of HRD ministry said the launch of the upgraded version could be around the first week of July.

Kapil Sibal said unlike the other tablet devices, Aakash 2 can be used to perform computer programs, in C, C++, Python and Scilab and can also be further used for accessing e-governance services.

The Aakash 2 tablet has an 800MHz processor, a capacitive touchscreen and a 3,200 mAh battery, which has three hour backup. The original version Aakash had only to 366 MHz processor with a resistive touchscreen and a 2,000mAh battery.

The UK-based company Datawind had submitted around 100 tablets to IIT-Bombay for testing. Datawind CEO Sunit Singh Tuli said the specifications for the new upgraded version have been approved by the Indian government and it would be launched in the market soon.

When asked about the launch of the new version tablet HRD ministry sources said the launch of the upgraded version could be around the first week of July.

Tuli said the production will start a few days before the launch of the device in the market. He added a good number of devices will be produced before the official launch.

Aakash was unveiled by Datawind last October and it supplied to the HRD ministry at the cost of Rs. 2,276 per piece. The government had to supply about one lakh of these tablets to the students at subsidised price Rs. 1,100 -1,200 each.

The announcement about Aakash 2 comes three months after IIT-Bombay has taken the project from IIT-Jodhpur. Reports say, IIT-B already has developed apps for the low-cost tablet and is expected to incorporate few more apps.

The responsibility of obtaining and distributing the Aakash tablets has also been given to IIT-B. If all goes well as per planned, the first pieces of the Aakash 2 tablet will be dispatched by December-end to as many as 250 engineering colleges across the country.