Datawind CEO Sunil Singh Tuli says 100 units have been given to IIT Bombay for testing, and they are still waiting for the final approval from them. The delivery will start once the final approval is given. He says
initially, IIT Bombay will buy units for teachers’ training and later to give them to students.
He further informs that they will deliver the entire order of 1,00,000 Aakash 2 tablet units over the next four months beginning this August.
Datawind will sell the upgraded Aakash tablet to IIT Bombay at a price of Rs 2,263. According to Tuli, students will be given the tablets by the government at a subsidised price between Rs 1000 and Rs 1500.
Tuli also put some light on the key specifications of the upcoming Aakash 2 tablet. Compared to the previous version of the Aakash tablet, which proved to be a dud, the company has now upgraded some of the key features to enhance the user experience.
The original Aakash tablet was powered by a 366 MHz processor, but the new Aakash 2 tablet will come engineered with a Cortex A8 800 MHz processor. Besides, the upgraded Aakash will run Android 2.3 operating system, whereas its predecessor had Android 2.2 OS.
The previous version of Aakash had a 7-inch resistive touch screen, but the new Aakash tablet will have a 7-inch multitouch capacitive screen.
The Aakash 2 tablet will have 256MB RAM, 2GB (internal) flash memory, which is expandable up to 32 using a micro SD card, and 3200mAh battery that is claimed to offer 3-4 hours of backup. Also, it will have a USB port and WiFi.