Government has finalised specifications of next version of low-cost
tablet Aakash which would be ready by January 2014, Telecom and IT
Minister Kapil Sibal said Friday.
"Yesterday we had meeting on the
Aakash. The generation 4 Aakash is ready, all the specifications are
frozen," Sibal said while addressing at the Telecom Summit New Delhi.
The minister also said that around 12 manufacturers from around the world are ready to make the tablet in India.
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," he said.
The Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D) will start the process for orders, he added.
specifications of the new Aakash tablet, however, could not be
ascertained. As per proposed specifications, the latest version of
Aakash should be capable of supporting 4G services, phone calling
features, 4 GB in built storage and bluetooth connectivity.
(Also see: Proposed Aakash IV technical specifications released for feedback, include 4G support and voice calling)
Government had sourced previous version of Aakash tablet for USD 49.98 which translated in to Rs. 2,276.