• Home
  • Telecom
  • Aakash 2: The Hardware's fixed. Now to Deliver

Aakash 2: The Hardware's fixed. Now to Deliver...

Related Articles

 Aakash 2: The Hardware's fixed. Now to Deliver...

Aakash 2: The Hardware's fixed. Now to Deliver...

Aakash sold out, Ubislate 7 available from March 2012

Aakash 2 ready for release finally

Aakash II: DataWind inks deal with VMC


NEW DELHI: It's been a long time coming, but the Aakash 2 is finally here, and it's looking rather good.

Unike its predecessor, which was built to a price and barely usable, Aakash 2, launched yesterday by president Pranab Mukherjee and union HRD minister Pallam Raju on ‘National Education Day', is a stable, usable commercial product.

In three months of use at CyberMedia, we found the big change in responsiveness coming from the capacitive touch-screen and the 1 GHz Cortex A8 processor (up from 366 MHz), along with the doubling of RAM and storage to 512 MB and 4 GB respectively. As we had noted based on a prototype unit in April, it was already looking a lot better with just the new display.

Also read: The review of Aakash 2

The display looks a little better too, and is quite sharp indoors. Outdoors, in daylight, readability drops sharply, and you have to keep the brightness on maximum-and then the battery life drops. Indoor, we got 3 hours of use from the 3AH battery, versus 2 hours from the older 2 AH battery, using video and WiFi.

The model we have been testing is the UbiSlate 7Ci, the commercial version of the Aakash 2, identical to the Aakash 2, running Android 4.0 ICS - Ice Cream Sandwich. I haven't yet come across a buyer (or reviewer) in India who's got a 7Ci - I've been asking on Twitter and Facebook - which is odd given that these were launched in April. This might suggest continuing supply issues.

The Aakash 2 will sell to college students for Rs 1,130, after a 50% government subsidy over the purchase price from DataWind. The equivalent UbiSlate 7ci sells commercially for Rs 4,499, reflecting a further 50% markup.


Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail address



Narender rathee Sun Mar 24 at 03:12 PM

Aakash tab2


P. Ganga Nikhita Wed Nov 14 at 03:47 PM

Owh, its great...

Apple is reported to be planning to introduce the tougher synthetic sapphire screen for its new iPhone.How much would you be willing to pay for it?

Send this article by email