Proposed Aakash 4 Specifications Released, Targets Above Average Speeds
The official Aakash 4 technical specifications have been released by Government of India, and by the looks of it, they plan the newest version of Aakash to be quite a powerful device unlike its predecessors, which were acutely under-powered.
Previously for Aakash 1 and Aakash 2, MHRD had released straightforward specifications giving details of all its components. However, they have taken a different route this time. The tender which will be released for Aakash 4 will list down the minimum benchmark speeds that the tablet needs to meet. The benchmark speeds have been arrived from Industry standard platforms like Antutu, Quadrant and others that are routinely used to gauge the speed of mobile devices.
The specification document (embedded below) is 12 pages long and quite detailed, so there is no ambiguity for the supplier. For your benefit we have crunched those specifications and bring you the simplistic view on what Govt. expects of Aakash 4.
Simplified Proposed Specifications for Aakash 4
|Aakash IV Component||Minimum Specifications Required|
|CPU||Needs a minimum of 3537 Antutu Benchmark score. The nearest comparison to this would be a Nexus 7, which has a score of 3679 on Antutu Benchmark. Suffice to say, the Aakash IV tablet has to have quad-core CPU to generate those kind of benchmark ratings.|
|RAM||:1 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1066 MT/S or better|
|Internal Storage||4 GB or more integrated flash|
|External Storage||Support for MicroSD (upto 32 GB) *SD Card interface should be compatible with NFC based SD card|
|USB Ports||2 . One with OTG support and one standard USB 2.0 compliant|
|External Device Support||Should Support following external devices
|Audio||3.5 mm jack|
|Display||7” LCD display. 5 point capacitive touch display is a must|
|Display Resolution||800×480 resolutions with 16 bit color depth or more.|
|Hardware Acceleration||Hardware accelerator for playing true HD720p with at least 30fps. Antutu Benchmarks for 2D graphics should be 400 and for 3D graphics it should be 1400. These scores are still found on above average mobile devices only.|
|Connectivity||Should support Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 (* No mention of 2G or 3G connectivity, so Aakash IV will be sans that)|
|Battery||Battery Should support atleast
With above requirements, the battery capacity needs to be minimum of 4000 mAH or more.
|Camera||Video/Photo Camera (front facing) with a resolution of 0.3 M Pixel (VGA) or higher [*No mention of rear camera]|
|Sensors support||3-Axis Accelerometer|
|Buttons||Power, up and down volume button, hardware reset through pin-hole|
|Others||Phone Needs Driver for Phone Functionality with external dongle|
|Operating System||Should be Android 4.2.1 (Jelly Bean) or above.
Should be Dual bootable (Latest Ubuntu distro) through external SD card and should support all the standard drivers
|Weight||Should weigh less than 500 grams|
If you see the hardware specifications above, they are definitely good and something that a student would require to carry out various educational chores.
However, as you might have guessed, the big question is at what cost? While the previous versions were ultra cheap in around USD 35, the kind of specifications that Aakash 4 demand, I think it should easily nudge closer to USD 100 rather than USD 50.
Government obviously wants this device to be under USD 50, but I doubt it will be possible even with some huge numbers (in millions?). MHRD has already hinted that it will be closer to Rs. 3000 or even above it!
Here are detailed specifications released by MHRD.
It would be interesting to see how and what cost Aakash 4 comes out!
What is your take?
Aakash Tablet Timeline:
Oct 3rd, 2011: MHRD’s Low Cost Tablet will be called “Aakash”!
Oct 5th, 2011: MHRD’s Aakash will cost Rs. 2276! Will be sold in Retail
Oct 28th, 2011: Aakash Tablet travels to America – Gets decent reviews!
Feb 21, 2012: Government to build fully indigenous Aakash!
Feb 23rd, 2012: Aakash Tablet – Datawind not booted, but IITR is.. [The Reality]
Apr 26th, 2012: Datawind launches upgraded tablet Ubislate7+ & Ubislate7c!
May 11th, 2012: Scilab ported to Android – Coming on Aakash!
June 5th, 2012: Official MHRD Clarification on Aakash Tablet
Nov 12, 2012: Aakash 2 launched, costs Rs. 1130 for students…
Nov 19th, 2012: More on Aakash 2, by the man behind Aakash himself [Video]
Nov 25th, 2012: Official Datawind Response on Aakash’s “Made in China” reports
Nov 29th, 2012: Where is Aakash Tablet Made? [Infographic]
June 4th, 2013: Aakash 4 Will Be More Expensive, in INR 3000 range!