Friday, November 30, 2012

India’s $35 Aakash2 tablet debuts at the United Nations

India’s first Aakash tablet proved that it was possible to build a $35 tablet for low-income students.

 India’s $35 Aakash2 tablet debuts at the United Nations

 India has delivered an extremely cheap tablet that you may actually want. We’ve already had a (very favorable) in-depth look at the Aakash2. But now India, and its manufacturing partner Datawind, has to convince the rest of the world that it has learned from the issues with the first Aakash, which was difficult to use because of its slow hardware.

From the specs alone, the Aakash2 is faster and more capable than its predecessor. It features a 1 gigahertz processor and 512 megabytes of RAM. That’s the same CPU speed of the first iPad and twice as much RAM, Suneet Sing Tuli, Datawind’s CEO, made sure to note. The Aakash2 also features a capacitive touchscreen, a bigger battery, and a front-facing camera for video conferencing.


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