Over in India there’s an extremely cheap Android tablet being deployed by the government to families, schools and more. We’ve talked about the Aakash tablet more than a few times, but this new and improved Aakash 2 tablet for just $35 dollars is set to arrive throughout India starting next month.
Formerly known as the Ubislate 7+ or the DataWind tablet, this new device isn’t anything extremely impressive or powerful, but it has a capacitive touch display, runs Android, and of course is extremely cheap. The Aakash 2 Tablet will be arriving on the 1 year anniversary as the original starting mid October.
Back in April we heard it was going to get released and then updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and it appears that is still the plan — although it will launch with Gingerbread. The Aakash 2 tablet rocks a 7-Inch display, an ARM Cortex-A8 processor clocked at 1 GHz, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, front facing camera, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread to keep things somewhat smooth. They’ve even added a SIM slot for phone capabilities, as well as microSD card slot support for expanding storage limits.
We’ve heard talk of more than 200 million of these slates being produced, and today they’ve detailed over 5.5 million orders just over the past few months. Just like the original, the Aakash 2 is being supplied to millions and millions of students completely free, and will run you INR 2000 (approx. $35) at retail stores throughout India. Apparently they’ll also be issuing an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich at some point, but when is still unknown.