India's $35 tablet to get upgrade

Low cost tablet to get new processor, Android 4.0 upgrade

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India's $35 tablet to get upgrade The Aakash tablet is also available as a commercial version, the Ubislate7 (pictured).
By  Mark Sutton Published  April 11, 2012

India’s $35 tablet is set to get a hardware upgrade and a boost to Google Android 4.0 OS, Computerworld reports.

The Aakash 2, the second generation of the low-cost tablet, will improve its processor from an ARM 366MHz chip to a single-core, 800MHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, according to Datawind, the company that developed the device.

The device will also have a 7 inch capacitive multi-touchscreen, rather than a resistive touchscreen, and although it will continue to ship with Android 2.3, and upgrade to Android 4.0 will be available about six to eight weeks after delivery. It will still have 256MB of RAM and 2GB flash storage.

Datawind said that it expects to upgrade to an ARM Cortex A9 dual-core processor before the end of the year, as the price of the processor comes down.

Shipments of Aakash began last year, but have been delayed by disputes between Datawind and an education institute in India that was supposed to be testing the devices.

The Indian government, which subsidises the cost of the tablet to bring the price down from $45 to $35, has budgeted to purchase 5 million units of Aakash this year.

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