It seems that Indian government is now ready to talk about the next-generation Aakash 4 tablet. Until now, the Aakash tablet project is more famous for its controversies, rather than the device performance.
The controversial Android-based Aakash tablet has had more downs than ups. However, in a latest development, Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communication and Information technology has finally announced that new flagship successor Aakash 4 and reportedly informed that it wi tablet would be ready by January 2014.
Speaking at the Indian Telecom Summit held in New Delhi on Friday, the Minister said that the government is confident about Aakash 4 tablet "Yesterday we had meeting on the Aakash. The generation 4 Aakash is ready, all the specifications are frozen ". As many as 12 leading manufacturers from the around the world are ready to make the tablet.
"There is no problem in terms of manufacture. In fact lines are ready for manufacture, what they need is orders. Now that specifications are frozen, we hope that the Aakash will be available to the people of India by January 2014," Sibal said.
The Minister did not mention about the exact specifications sheet of Aakash tablet at an event organised by CII, but does mention that the tablet will support 4G network, phone calling facility, 4GB of internal memory and Bluetooth connection. The Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D) will start the process for orders, he added.
In fact, the specification of Aakash 4 tablet was released last month. The device will have a 7-inch display having resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. The tablet will also be able to dual-boot Android and Linux via microSD card. RAM stands at 1GB (DDR3 SDRAM) and 4GB of ROM with expandable storage up to 32GB.
Further, Aakash 4 will be supported by Wi-Fi and 2G/3G connectivity. The form factor is still unknown, but it will have USB ports. The battery backup should be enhanced considering it is touted to be the next-generation Android-based Aakash tablet. Whether this tablet support "Ubuntu" is unknown at the moment. Stay tuned to GizBot for more updates.