Indian President Shri Pranab Mukherjee announced that the country is brining a new, low-cost Android tablet to students. The new Aakash 2.0 will be subsidized by the Indian government, which should make it cheaper for students to get their hands on the device. The device normally costs INR 2,236 ($40.79), but for students, the subsidized cost will be INR 1,132 ($20.65).
The tablet is made by Canada-based Datawind. The Indian government expects to distribute 100,000 of these tablets to engineering colleges and universities. In all, 244 colleges in India will receive access to the affordable tablets. Over the next five to six years, the Indian government plans to put the tablet in the hands of 220 million students.
The tablet, while not top of the line, feature some pretty solid specs, especially when you consider the purpose for which it was designed. It comes with a 7-inch touchscreen, 512MB of RAM, and a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor. It will also include 4GB of internal storage and a microSD slot.
The tablet also includes a 3,000 mAh battery and a USB port for charging. It looks to be a pretty solid device that could certainly help improve education. Android tablets certainly have a place in the classroom, and it looks like the government of India is looking to prove that.