The Aakash 2 tablet was announced by India's Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday.
The device, which will be available some time in April for $40 (approximately Rs. 2000), has a 7-inch capactive touchscreen display, a much-improved 700MHz ARM Cortex A8 processo and, according to DataWind, 3 hours of battery life.
These specifications represent a substantial imporvement over the original Aakash tablet, which only had a 366MHz CPU and 2 hours of battery life.
This sequel is based on DataWind's Ubislate 7+ tablet, which has been available since February. It runs Android 2.3 and has WiFi and GPRS connectivity.
The announcement of the Aakash 2 tablet appears to put to rest rumors that the India government was on the verge of cancelling its contract with tablet maker DataWind.