The students would soon be able to buy the Aakash 2 tablet at a price of Rs 1900 ($35). The current price of the tablet is $49. This was announced by the telecom minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday at Reverse Buyer Seller Meet (RBSM) organised by Telecom Equipment and Service Export Promotion Council.
He said that Aakash has all the amenities of any modern tablet. Sibal said that “It performs the same function as a $150 tablet.”
He said that next version of the tablet will also have Skype; an application used for making voice calls using Internet connection and does not essentially require a SIM.
Earlier this month the much talked about tablet designed, developed and manufactured by DataWind Ltd for supply to IIT Bombay was launched by the President Pranab Mukherjee.
DataWind is to supply 100,000 units of Aakash 2 to IIT Bombay, which plan to distribute them to Engineering University and College students.