Aakash 2 unveiled; to hit markets soon

Aakash 2 unveiled; to hit markets soon New Delhi: Packed with more features and enhanced speed, an upgraded version of low cost computing device Aakash is ready for release, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said on Monday.

"Unlike other tablet devices, Aakash can also be used to create computer programs, in Python, C, C++ and Scilab," he said, adding it can be further used for accessing e-governance services.

UK-based Datawind, which had submitted about 100 tablets to IIT-Bombay for testing, said the government has approved the specifications for the upgraded version and it will be launched soon in the market.

"The government has approved the specifications," Datawind CEO Sunit Singh Tuli said.

HRD Ministry sources said the launch of the upgraded version could be around the first week of July.

Asked about the production for Aakash 2, Tuli said it will start a few days before the launch of the device in the market.

Tuli added that a good number of devices will be produced before the official launch.

Datawind had hit headlines last October when it unveiled Aakash, to be supplied to the HRD Ministry at Rs 2,276 a piece. The government, in turn, had to give about one lakh of these tablets to the students at ubsidised price Rs 1,100-1,200 each.

PTI