Aakash 2 wait not yet over, launching date extended to April

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New Delhi: Amid complaints with regard to the quality of the low-cost ‘Aakash’ tablet PC, the government Monday said it is hopeful of bringing out an upgraded version of the device, ‘Aakash-II’, by April this year.

“In order to cater to the huge demand, we need several manufacturers to manufacture Aakash. We are enhancing the specifications on the basis of feedback we have received from the first version of Aakash. So we want to make sure that the upgraded product caters to the need of the customers… We have involved ITI in order to upgrade it… We will be able to bring in Aakash-II by April,” HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said.

Sibal had launched the world’s cheapest tablet, Aakash, last year with much fanfare. The device costing USD 35 (about Rs 2,000) was developed as part of the ‘The National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technologies (NME-ICT)’ of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).

The government had committed itself to a long-term and full supply of 1 lakh units of the Aakash tablet from Datawind.
“As of now Datawind has delivered around 30,000 tablets and the rest 70,000 will also have the upgraded version of Aakash-II,” he said.

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