Aakash 4 Proposed Specifications Released

Navjot Singh

Staff member
Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) has put up proposed technical specifications for the Aakash IV and invited comments from interested stakeholders on vendor neutrality, tablet usability and functionality until July 12, 2013.OS - Android 4.2.1. Should be dual bootable with Ubuntu. Maximum Cold Boot Time - 35 secondsSoftware - PDF Viewer, E-Book Reader, text editor, a note taking app and support for office document format. Tablet should support Android’s DRM system and be able to play at least 720p videos.Indic Language Support - Support for reading and editing capabilities in Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Marathi, Guajarati, Punjabi, Bengali, Oriya, Bihari, Assamese, Bishnupriya ,Manipuri, Urdu, Sanskrit, and Devanagari scripts and languages. Unicode support at OS level and virtual keyboards should be preloaded for above languages.Apps - The tablet should feature a standalone online videos app which can at least play YouTube videos, a standalone HTML5 compliant web browser, an email client, calendar, a Scientific calculator and a File Manager. Desired apps should be certified with Aakash Marketplace.Display - 7 inch, 800x480 min resolution, Five Multi Touch Finger PointsStorage - 4GB with support for 32GB MicroSD Cards. SD Card Interface should support NFC Based cards.Processor/Ram - A processor which has 1GB DDR3 SDRAM memory and clocks a minium quadrant score set by the government and minimum scores across various other benchmark tests like Antutu, AndEBench, PassMark Performance, RealPi, and CFBench.USB Ports - 1 USB OTG and 1 Regular USB PortBattery - A battery which can provide minimum three hours online 720p video playback or four hours offline 720p video playback, five hours of web browsing and 6 hours on e-reader mode. It should charge from 10% to 80% battery capacity within 2 hours and support charging from AC and DC sources and USB ports.Accessories - 3.5 mm headset jack, support for WiFi 802.11 b/g/n with portable hotspot feature, Bluetooth v2.1, and a 3 axis Accelerator along with hardware buttons for Power and Volume up and down.
Source | Proposed Specifications PDF
A processor which has 1GB DDR3 SDRAM memory
I guess the amount of time they spent on creating that PDF is more than the amount of time they spend on checking the devices and giving their approval :
Sibal has not given up yet?
Handset makers which have manufacturing plants in the country have expressed interest in bidding for Aakash 4 tablet order but are finding it difficult to maintain the price level of Rs 2,500 apiece in the absence of government support.Canadian phone maker Datawind which has supplied about 1,00,000 low-cost Aakash tablets to the government till date says that it would be a challenge to supply the device at Rs 2,500 a unit due to rupee volatility and other factors."We will be able to bid for Aakash 4 at a price below Rs 2,500 a unit. However, it is a challenge to maintain it at that level. We have seen fluctuation of about 20 per cent in the value of rupee and the uncertainty remains," Datawind CEO Suneet Singh Tuli told PTI.
Domestic vendors to bid for Aakash 4 but Rs 2,500 a challenge — economictimes.indiatimes.com
Aakash 4 project: Dell, Intel, HP, Micromax among 17 companies in fray - Financial Express
Govt is not waiving off duties for Aakash 4 due to which price of the tablet may breach Rs 2,500 mark. Dell, Acer, HCL Infosystems, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Intel are among 17 companies that have shown interest in developing the next version of the government's ambitious low-cost tablet Aakash-4 whose tender will close on January 28.
Badiya hai.