The dream of making cheapest tablet for students by the Indian Government seems to have got a new life. After the flop show of previous Aakash tablets it was thought that this dream project cannot achieve success but Indian Ministry Of Human Resource and Development once again made this dream survive with new specifications and changes in manufacturing unit.
Recently, on MHRD website, new specifications for Aakash 4 tablet were spotted. As per the ministry the new device will be a 7 inch tablet with minimum resolution of 480x800px with LCD brightness of a minimum of 290 cd/m2, having minimum 500 contrast ratio. The device will feature 1GB DDR3 RAM and guess what, will run both Ubuntu and Android.
It will pose at least a 0.3 MP front camera but rear camera is not specified yet. It will also boast 4GB inbuilt storage expandable upto 32GB via micro SD card.
For connectivity it will be packed with Bluetooth, WiFi, USB, 3G etc. The power of the battery is not specified yet but it is supposed to support the system for at least 3 hrs on playback of 720P videos.
Yet the specifications are in paper only, what will be given to the tablet remains a mystery. Interestingly, the bigger mystery is who will make the tablet because as its predecessors, the table will not be made by Datawind. Speculations are that maybe a number of manufacturer will come together to make the new device.
The Indian ministry is planning these Aakash tablets since 2009 but have not succeeded yet. Earlier Aakash and Aakash 2 flopped to impress the users and now this dream lies on success of Aakash 4 totally.