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Aakash IV proposed specifications: Issues pinpointed!

Aakash IV proposed specifications: Issues pinpointed!
Ravi Mandalia

Government of India announced the proposed set of features for the next version of low-cost tablet Aakash IV and has made it available for comments from stakeholders. Some of the proposed features of the tablet are a 7-inch screen with atleast 800×480 resolution, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage expandable to 32GB and a battery that should provide atleast 5 hours of battery backup (on an average). If we dig deeper into the specifications, there is a lot of ambiguity in terms of the specification. Read on to find out.

According to the proposed specifications Aakash IV has to have a CPU that has an Antutu overall score of 3537. ALU-integer score has to be 689 and floating point score of 163. If we look at these numbers and compare those with tablets from big brands, the Aakash IV is likely to rank in between HTC Flyer and Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000 (which were released over a year ago). This is surprising as there are quite a few sites which claim that the specifications are close to what Nexus 7 provides and that is just utter bollocks. Why would anyone want a tablet which is over a year old in terms of CPU. From our analysis a vendor could easily supply a Cortex-A8 CPU and still manage descent scores on Antutu but, that wouldn’t make Aakash IV a great tablet.

Display is another area which has ambiguity. On one hand the GoI specifications require a vendor to supply a tablet with at least 800×480 pixel resolution but on the other hand requires the tablet to play a 720p video. Seriously? I am not able to get my head around this.

“SD Card interface should be compatible with NFC based SD card”, reads one of the lines in the specifications. This technology is very new and considering that Aakash IV is not going to sell above the ₹5,000 mark, is this feature really required?