The latest version of the low cost Aakash tablet, Aakash 4 will be available in the market by March end for ₹3,999, confirmed Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal.
"Aakash 4 will be available in the market in one or one and a half months. Its a modern tablet and will be available for around 3,999," PTI quoted Sibal.
He also added that the tender for Aakash 4 has already been floated by Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGSD).
The Aakash 4 will come with 7-inch scratch resistant capacitative touch screen, 2G, 3G and 4G connectivity, 4GB internal storage, external memory card slot with storage capacity of up to 32 GB, front camera and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The device will support document formats like DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, ODT, ODP and ODS, and video formats like MPEG-2, MPEG-4, AVI and 3GP.
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Aakash tablet is a pet project of the Indian government with the purpose of linking the country's colleges and universities in an e-learning programme. The tablets have been provided to the students at subsidized rates.
The initial version of the tablet was caught in controversy, when it was rejected on the grounds of poor performance by IIT Rajasthan. However, the tablets continue to gain recognition in the country and across the world. Indian government also showcased the Aakash tablet at the United Nations.
Now when the fourth version of Aakash is hitting the market and will be placed alongside tablets from makers like Intel, HP, Acer and DataWind.