The new specifications mandate 2G/3G/4G connectivity with weight less than 500 gm, 4 GB storage capacity and Wi-Fi connectivity

NEW DELHI : The government has finalised the tender for manufacture of Aakash 4 tablet with four companies, including chipmaker Intel Corp, selected for manufacturing the tablet at a cost of 3,500 rupees per tablet, Minister for Communications and Information Technology Kapil Sibal said on the

sidelines of an event.

“Four big corporations, multinationals are part of the tender including Intel…and they are producing the first Aakash 4 at 3,500 rupees without taxes, with taxes it comes to 3,900 rupees,” Sibal said. “This will have 3G, 2G and everything in it…,” he added. The new specifications are aimed at making the device on a par with peers.

Initially touted as the cheapest tablet costing about 2,500 rupees, the earlier versions of the tablet, made by London-based DataWind, invited flak for poor performance.

The tender included enhanced specifications laid down by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology under the Communications and Information Technology Ministry. As many as 18 manufacturing companies were in the fray for the tender.  -Cogencis

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