The much anticipated Android tablet, Aakash, will not be launched this year. You need to wait little more to own the world’s cheapest Android Tablet, priced at Rs 3,000.
A representative of DataWind, the Canadian owned company that is developing Aakash for the government of India, has recently announced that an upgraded version of Aakash Tablet would be available in the market by the end of the January, 2012.
Aakash was supposed to be available in retail stores by 2011 November end. So, the actual launch has been delayed for about 2 months. The Data Wind representative said that the delay in launch of the tablet had been due to improvements in the tablet and some issues related to manufacturing.
The good news about this postponement is that the improved version would include certain upgrades in terms of Operating System and processor speed. The original version was announced with a 366 MHz processor, the upgraded version would possess a much faster Cortex A8-700 MHz processor along with graphics accelerator and HD video processor.
Other specifications include a resistive touchscreen, , 2GB internal memory, and 256 MB RAM, one standard USB port, 3 mm audio jack, 7 inch display with 800 x 480 pixel resolution, GPRS and WiFi support.
The company had previously announced that the premium tablets available in the market are for the higher class and DataWind could not compete with them at the price it is offering the tablet for; also added that it is manufacturing high quality products in India for Indian users at a reasonable price.
The chief executive officer of DataWind, Suneet Singh Tulu, had earlier said to the media that they had not set any time frame for future launches yet they were working on 9 and 10 inch Android Tablets. They would include capacitive touchscreens and the company would try to price them under Rs 5,000.
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