Government will officially launch the new Aakash tablet- the Aakash-2 this Sunday. And with this, the improved version of India’s cheapest tablet aiming at equipping students with a handheld device to improve their education will be expected to land in the field in hands of teachers and students.
This new and improved version will come with a higher processor speed and better battery life. The tablet will also feature a better quality display resolution and many apps which will be helpful for the children. Soon after the launch the tablets will be offered to teachers for testing purposes.
The launch of the tablet will be organized tomorrow in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi where the president of India, Pranab Mukherjee will unveil the device. The day also marks the 124th anniversary of the birth of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad who was the first education minister of independent India. National Education Day is celebrated on this day. Thousands of teachers are expected to virtually participate in the launch event through online video conferencing.
This low cost tablet will also be showcased at the United Nations on 28th of this month, highlighting country's innovation involved in creating the "most competitively priced" tablet computer.
According to a New York Times blog post, the first 1 lakh tablets meant to be distributed among students by the end of the year at a subsidized price of Rs 1132 are still being shipped. “Although its predecessor failed to click, Aakash-II got some good reviews this time around. An IIT professor is apparently making a pitch to teacher from 250 engineering colleges to have this INR 2263 (US$42) tablet replace notebooks and blackboards in classrooms.” Reported ZDNet last week on this device.
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