Aakash 4 Launch In January 2014, Says Kapil Sibal

Aakash 4 launch date will be in January 2014, reports MobileIndian. The fourth generation of the tablet that the Indian government is pushing hard to boost the delivery of education will be released next year, according to Kapil Sibal who is the Information Technology & Communication minister in the Indian government. Aakash 4 specifications were finalised by the design team in July and till now about 12 global players have shown interest in manufacturing the tablet. Mr. Sibal was speaking at the Indian Telecom Summit organized by CII in Delhi today.


Mr. Sibal acknowledge the issues with previous versions of the tablet. He said that he's battling for the success of Aakash. It's been his dream to make Aakash a success story. Aakash has been in the news for several right and wrong reasons. Aakash rose to fame when the Government of India announced it as a part of an initiative to link about 25,000 colleges and 400 Universities through e-Learning program. Until now, three versions of the tablet have been made, but none of them succeeded in gauging the pulse of the Indian markets.

The first of the lot, Aakash I was launched in December 2011 by Canadian company Datawind. DataWind was responsible for manufacturing & delivery of the tablets. The company however failed to meet the demand. Aakash 2 & 3 were launched under UbiSlate brand, but they never took off.

Aakash 4 is going to be a solid offering, as per the specifications available. The salient features of Aakash 4 being - 1 GB DDR3 RAM, 4 GB of Internal Storage expandable to 32 GB via MicroSD card, USB 2.0, IEEE 801.11 b/g/n wireless connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1 and Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean.

The specifications also talk about the tablet being a dual-boot device capable of booting GNU/Linux along with Android Jelly Bean. Most of the popular MS Office formats will also be supported.

No comment on the official pricing of the tablet was made. We'd however expect it to be in the Rs. 5k - Rs. 6k range, given the falling value of rupee in the International markets.

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  • Sarathkumar Chandrasekaran
    Sarathkumar Chandrasekaran
    Aakash definitely made a sense when it was launched at a price tag of 2.5k but later rose the problems on delivery of product and quality of the product.My friend had a aakash.Its simply good but with worst battery life and bad build up quality I hate it.We cant have a tab with bad battery life and finish because of its low cost.They must justify the tablet arena.

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