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Aakash 4 tablet production to start in January : Kapil Sibal

New Delhi, Dec 22 (): The production of the Aakash 4 tablet will begin in India in January 2014 and the price of the device is set to be reduced later in the year from £24 (INR 2,500) to £15 (INR 1,500), India’s telecoms minister, Kapil Singh, announced while addressing students at Modern School in New Delhi.

Sibal said that Aakash 4 had been tendered for manufacturing. He said starting from January 2014, Aakash 4, the device which is similar to any other modern tablets in the country, would be manufactured by several players. As many as 18 people had actually participated in the tender, he added.

The minister said that enough number of Aakash devices will be available after 5 to 7 years for every school going children in the country.

The Aakash 4 will feature a 7-inch scratch resistant touchscreen, bluetooth and front camera. It will support Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G connectivity and will have 4GB of internal storage. The users will be able to increase external memory cards with storage capacity of up to 32GB.

The Minister said that devices like Aakash will change the way students will learn in coming days.

The Aakash tablet is the ambitious ultra-low-cost device of the Indian government. The device is aimed at connecting the digital divide in the country.

The device was appreciated highly by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, when it was presented by India at the United Nations. Ban said, “India is a critical player on security issues … but you are also a leader on development and technology. Indeed, India is a superpower on the information superhighway. There is a reason places like Hyderabad are called “Cyberabad”. We need to do more to help all children and young people make the most of the opportunities provided by information and communications technology – especially all those who are still unconnected from the digital revolution.”