On the request of one of our readers, we are here providing you with the updated information about the next version of Aakash tablet i.e. Aakash 2. However, most of the people do not care about Aakash tablet anymore because of its low-quality hardware specifications. Few days back, you might have read news about Govt. dumping Aakash 1. Never mind, we told you the reasons why Aakash (First Version) miserably failed. I can feel the fear of thinking about the next version of Aakash.
Expectedly, Union Minister of HRD Science and Technology, Kipal Sibal has confirmed the arrival of Aakash 2 i.e. UbiSlate 7 Plus in January/February 2012. Ubislate 7 Plus/Aakash 2 is expected to be arriving with improved features and hardware configuration in comparison with the previous version of Aakash.
It has been said that, the new upcoming tablet will offer 50% more battery life and 3 times better performance than Aakash 1. Upto what extent this statement proves itself is not confirmed yet. However, new tablet is prepared on the basis of the feedback from more than 600 students of IITs and other engineering colleges who tried their hands-on Aakash 1.
You can have a look at the expected specifications in Aakash 2 i.e. Ubislate 7 Plus
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS
- 7-inch resistive touchscreen with resolution of 800 x 480 pixels
- Cortex A8, 700 MHz Processor with HD Video co-processor.
- 256MB RAM
- Internal memory: 2GB
- Expandable upto 32GB with microSD card
- 2 standard USB 2.0 ports
- 3.5mm Audio jack
- HD video streaming supported
I am still disappointed with this updated version of Aakash tablet, because of “Resistive touchscreen”. Even working on a phone’s resistive touchscreen feels so difficult, how a person can work on tablet’s resistive screen.
Reports indicate that, DataWind is working on making the device a capacitive touchscreen device and 3G capable. This upgraded version will cost around Rs. 7,000. Govt. will try to bring the prices down to Rs. 3000 in near feature to make it to the reach of almost everyone.
Whether to wait for Ubislate 7 Plus or not?
I am clearly going to say “NO”. You should not wait for Ubislate 7 Plus, because the tablet is not worthy. You might be wondering, what I am expecting in Rs. 2,500. You are right; one cannot get so many features in such a small amount. But the point which is of concern is ‘enjoying each and every feature of your device’. What is the benefit of 7-inch resistive screen, when it is tough to operate? What is the benefit of Low cost device, if it cannot fulfill your needs?
India is experiencing the power of 3G and you also want to experience the same but there is no 3G capability in Ubislate 7 Plus yet, what you will do with this tablet?
Moreover, Aakash 2 is an Android tablet, the processor and RAM will be enough for it to handle 100s of Apps & Games? Will you be able to upgrade to beautiful and amazing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS in future?
I hope you have the answers of all the above questions. Rest the choice is yours!