Indian government releases specs for latest $25 tablet

New version of Aakash low-cost tablet specifications set out by government

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Indian government releases specs for latest $25 tablet The latest Aakash tablet is intended to be sold to students for around $25.
By  Mark Sutton Published  July 3, 2013

The Indian government has issued specifications for the latest device in its ‘Aakash' low-cost tablet program.

The Aakash IV, which should be priced at around $25, is intended to be a low-cost tablet that will be used by students and others, according to The Register.

The latest specifications, issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), calls for a device with 7-inch multi-capacitive touch, no thicker than 19mm and weighing under 500g. The device should have 1GB of RAM and 4GB storage, using the latest Android OS and the free OS Ubuntu, in a dual-boot mode, with support for HTML5 browser and the most commonly used languages in India.

The tablet would also have WiFi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.0.

The government has yet to award the contract, although its stated aim was to begin production on 12th July.

Previous versions of the tablet were produced in China, although the initial aim of the project had been for it to be made in India. Earlier versions were plagued by poor performance and shipping delays.

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