HRD Ministry in India has given its go ahead for the proposed Aakash 4 Android tablet. The Union Cabinet is also expected to issue a note seeking permission for the development of the low-cost tablet for students pretty soon. Under the proposal by HRD ministry, government is planning to procure around 22 lakh Aakash tablets at the cost of Rs. 330 crore.
“In the first phase of the scheme, Aakash 4 tablets will be given to engineering institutes which will be directly bought from vendors empanelled by the DGS&D. The tablet, estimated at USD 35 (Rs 2200 approximately) per piece, will be provided to students at a subsidised rate,”
PTI quoted its sources in the ministry as saying.
Earlier in August this year, Kapil Sibal announced that the latest edition of the Aakash tablet will be released in January this year. Proposed specifications of this tablet include a 7inch LCD display with the resolution of 800*480 pixels. The display of the device will be at least having 5 point touch capacity. Comparing to the display, most of the tablets under Rs. 5,000 carry the same stuff.
According to the proposed features, the tablet should feature latest Android operating system version and it should come with dual bootable option through external SD card. It would also have 4GB of internal storage along with microSD card slot support up to 32GB. The production of the device will kick off soon and it will be launched in the January next year.