The fourth iteration of the "Akash" tablet seems to be on the cards. According to a news report, the Government has opened the bidding process and as many as 18 manufacturers are participating in the same.
The process is expected to come to an end by January 28, 2014. Up till now the Akash tablet was being manufactured by Datawind. However, in the current bidding process even companies such as Dell, Acer, HCL, HP, Microsoft, Intel, Micromax, WishTel and ITI too are participating.
The website also notes that the price of the current iteration of Akash (or Akash 4) might be higher than Rs. 2,500 as the Government has already made it clear that they will not be waiving off custom duties on the components that will be imported for this tablet.
Whatever be the case, we just hope that Akash 4 is not just affordable but also comes with decent features, so that people can actually use it. This time around IIT too has refused to test the Akash tablet following their with Datawind
As a matter of fact, the proposed specifications for Akash 4 include dual-core 1 GHz processor along with 1 GB of RAM. There will be 4GB of internal storage, which should be expandable by up to 32GB. Connectivity options should include Bluetooth, 2G, 3G and even 4G. It is also expected to pack in voice calling. But we are not sure how much of this will the companies be able to accommodate within the price constraints.
You tell us what do you think should be the specifications for a subsidized tablet and how much should it cost? [ The Mobile Indian ]