An upgraded version of Aakash, the low cost tablet billed as the cheapest computer in the world for students and the teaching community, would be launched "very soon", HRD minister Kapil Sibal said yesterday.
The improved version would come with a faster processor and enhanced battery life as also other features.
"It (the idea of a low-cost computer) was rejected throughout the world and it was said that India would not be able to make it. Our HRD ministry was committed to the Aakash project and ultimately we came out with the first version of the Akash which costs Rs 2,276.
"Now, Aakash-2 has been rolled out with battery life of three hours, 800 MHz processor, providing internet access everywhere and it has a capacitive screen. The process to distribute this device has begun and it would be formally launched very soon," Sibal said in Hyderabad.
The minister was addressing the first convocation of the Birla Institute of Technology and Science ( BITS) at its Hyderabad campus.
Sibal had inaugurated the new improved version of Aakash at IIT- Bombay in June.