Kapil Sibal, Telecom Minister of India today announced at the Economic Editors’ Conference that,”Hopefully on November 11, you will see the President talking to 20,000 students across the nation (who) will have their hands on Aakash.” He also added that the price of the device is expected to come down to $35, which will be around Rs 1,500 with setting up of manufacturing activities in India.
The all new Akash tablet will be powered by a dual-core Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1 GHz along with 1 GB of RAM instead of a 366 MHz processor. Other features include four-hours of battery time, fast capacitive screen and many more.
At the moment, we are actually formulating a Cabinet note for the manufacturing of five million Aakash tablets without any financial burden on the Ministry of Finance,” said Sibal in the report.
The Akash tablet was launched in October 2011 by the government to make available computing devices to students at subsidised rates. However, the project ran into controversy and the tablet has not been launched until now. Hope this time Indian Govt will successfully launch this low cost device.