The device was unveiled last year as the “computer for the masses” in India, where millions struggle to fund their education, but as yet the tablet has failed to live up to the hype and reached only a tiny number of colleges.
The Aakash-2 comes with improved features including a longer battery life, a faster processor at 800 Mhz and a better quality touch screen, according to the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay which is testing the device.
Distribution of 100,000 new tablets to engineering colleges will begin next month,
The device, which has a price tag of 2263 rupees (A$39.50), is designed to allow students to interact in video lectures, submit assignments, complete online quizzes and write and run programs.
“In coming years, Aakash is likely to become a ubiquitous tool in the hands of students, at all levels of their education,” said by one of the professorr Deepak Phatak.
The original Aakash, dubbed the world’s cheapest tablet, was launched in October 2011, but a right to information request filed by digital media blog MediaNama showed that only 572 tablets had been distributed to just 19 colleges.
The magazine Forbes India also slammed the project this week.