Aakash IV keeps India’s dream of low cost tablets alive
India’s dream of low-cost tablets is alive and kicking as the Government has proposed a set of technical specifications for Aakash IV and invited comments from stakeholders.
The proposed technical specifications are available through Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) and Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY).
According to the specifications, the GoI is looking for a tablet that has to be atleast seven inches in size, 0.75-inch think and shouldn’t weigh more than 500g. The tablet should be equipped with minimum of 1 GB DDR3 SDRAM and should have at least 4GB internal storage expandable up to 32GB using an SD card. Battery should last atleast for 3 hours when watching a 720p video or 5 hours when web browsing.
Aakash IV should run latest stable version of Android but, the government has made it clear that the tablet should support dual boot through an external SD card and that too the latest version of Ubuntu. The tablet should have English as a default language and should at least support Hindi, Tamil and Punjabi. Further the tablet should support HTML5.
Considering that the tablet would serve as a learning tool for students, the government is expecting that Aakash VI should not only support 2G, 3G & 4G connectivity, it should also have Wi-Fi and USB support for mouse and keyboard.
The release of technical specification on the website indicates that the Government is open to any vendor coming forward and supplying the tablets. This means that Datawind hasn’t been awarded the contract yet despite the fact that it was the company that delivered the first two iterations of the Aakash.