$35 Datawind Aakash 2 Tablet To Come With Android 4.0 ICS

Whilst the first generation of Aakash tablets are just about to be launched, its promoter, UK-based Datawind, is already preparing for its successor called the Aakash 2.

The latter will come with a single core ARM Cortex-A8 processor clocked at 800MHz (the same as the Motorola Flip or the Milestone), 256MB RAM, 2GB onboard storage, a 3200mAh battery, a microSD card slot, a full size USB port, Wi-Fi, GPRS and perhaps more importantly, a capacitive display possibly with a 800 by 480 pixels resolution.

The tablet is said to ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread with an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich promised for two months after delivery plus Ubisurfer's browser which Datawind claims can accelerate web pages by up to 30 times.

The original one had a resisitive screen, an ARM11-based processor clocked at 366MHz and ran on Android 2.2 Froyo. Datawind has confirmed that the upgrades would come without any price increase; it will still cost $45 unsubsidised or $35 (Rs 2999) with government subsidy.

The tablet will be sold for £99 in the UK as the Ubislate 7+ with free internet for 12 months towards the end of the year.

Source : Computerworld