The follow-up to the popular Aakash tablet was just recently launched in India. Called the Aakash 2, the tablet offers some improvements over the specifications of the original, many of which received criticism for being supposedly substandard. Now, the new Aakash packs a 7 inch multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels and runs on a 1Ghz ARM Cortex A8 processor. It also features a VGA camera on its front, Wi-Fi connectivity, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of user memory and a 3,000 mAh Lithium-Ion battery. Due to government subsidy, this tablet is priced at only Rs 1,130 or around $21. This price makes it an attractive option for students, and a possible threat for manufacturers of pocket-friendly tablets in India such as Karbonn and Micromax.
For those, however, who are not enticed by the Datawind product, there are other options available in the market that will not put a dent on one’s wallet.
One is the Micromax Funbook Infinity, which also has a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels. This tablet runs on a 1.2GHz Cortex A8 processor, a slight improvement over the Aakash 2 tablet’s CPU. The Funbook Infinity comes with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage that may be expanded thanks to a built-in microSD card slot. Like the Aakash 2, it also has Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity are both possible, the latter via a dongle. Its 4,000 mAh battery is also a bit better than the one on the Aakash 2.
The Karbonn Mobiles Smart Tab 3 slate is also a seven-incher that has Android 4.0 ice Cream Sandiwch OS. Said tablet has a 1.2GHz processor, a 2,600 mAh Li-ion battery, and support for Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. It also has a 1.3-megapixel camera, and is priced similarly with the UbiSlate 7Ci, which is the commercial version of the Aakash 2.
Still another tablet is it the Bizzbook 1i, which offers a larger display measuring 8 inches diagonally and sporting a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels. Under the hood, it has a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor and 512MB RAM. Users are provided with 4GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot for expansion. Furthermore, its interface has micro USB and mini HDMI slots.
The Aakash 2 may have extensive publicity, but if you are in India and in need of a budget slate, there are plenty of options from which you can choose.