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Indian students get $25 tablet

Aakash 2 Android tablet launched by India's Ministry of Human Resource Development

Indian students get $25 tablet
The Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci is the commercial version of the Aakash 2.

Students in India will be able to get hold of a tablet PC for under $25, with the official launch of the Aakash 2 tablet.

The Aakash 2, from UK company Datawind, is being sold to the Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) for Rs 2,263 ($43), but will be available to students at the lower price of Rs 1,130 ($24.65), after government subsidies, according to IBNlive.in.

The Akash 2 is the successor to the Aakash low cost tablet, which was released one year ago, but did not win favour due to low specs and problems between Datawind and its local partner. The Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) took over the partner role in March this year, with plans to provide

The new model includes improved features including 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, 7 inch capacitive touch screen with 800 x 480 resolution, running Android 4.0, forward facing camera, 512MB RAM, and 4GB of internal memory, and offers four hour battery life.

A commercial version of the Aakash 2, the UbiSlate 7Ci is available to Rs 3,500 ($64).

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