Just How Close is the Aakash 4 to the Nexus 7?

Although they are similar in some aspects, it is grossly unfair to compare the Aakash 4 & Google Nexus 7. Because the devil is in the detail.

Google Nexus Vs Aakash 4Not even close. When the specifications of India’s low cost tablet’s latest version were released, some folks in the mainstream media called it similar to Google’s Nexus 7. Although they are similar in some aspects, like for instance both have a 7 inch screen or that both support wi-fi, it is grossly unfair to compare the two. Because the devil is in the detail. Let’s break down the specifications of the two devices and see why.

1. Display

The Asus Google Nexus 7 has an 800 x 1280 pixels display with 16 million colors. In comparison, the Aakash is has an 800×480 pixel display with 65k colors. The Nexus device is far more superior to the Aakash tablet in this aspect. Neither does it have the pixel density or the color depth to match up to the Google device. The Nexus uses corning glass while Aakash recommends a screen guard.

2. Memory

The Nexus device has at least 16GB of internal storage whereas the Aakash specification is for 4GB or higher. If price is the key concern, we can reasonably assume that manufacturers will keep it closer to 4GB than go higher. On RAM, both seem to have 1 GB.

3. Camera

Government recommends a front facing .3MP camera while the Nexus 7 has a 1.2 MP camera. Big difference.

4. Processors

This is the most crucial part. While the government has said that the processor must meet certain standards, it has left it up to the manufacturers to decide on the processor. Without knowing what processor is going to be on it, or what chipset will it have, it is unfair to compare the two. It doesn’t look like the Aakash will have a powerful GPU either. Nexus 7 has four sensors including the accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor and a compass while Aakash has been recommended a 3 axis accelerometer. This is a steep difference as well.

5. Battery

From what we know, the Aakash 4 must be able to play 3 hours of 720p video. This is almost a third of what the Nexus device is capable of. The Nexus 7 is said to be capable of playing 9 hours of HD video. Remember, the Nexus 7 has a much higher screen resolution and hence required more power. This will mean that the Aakash battery will be significantly lower powered when compared to the Li-ion 4325 mAh battery of the Nexus 7.

Compared : Aakash 4 and Nexus 7

Specification Asus Google Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi)* Aakash 4 (Proposed)**
General 2G Network N/A N/A
Announced 2012, June 2013, July
Status Available. Released 2012, July Available: God Knows When
Body Dimensions 198.5 x 120 x 10.5 mm (7.81 x 4.72 x 0.41 in) Not Known
Weight 340 g (11.99 oz) Not Known
Protection Corning Glass Screen Guard
Display Type LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors (~24 bit) LCD, 16 bit or higher (~65k colors)
Size 800 x 1280 pixels, 7.0 inches (~216 ppi pixel density) 800 x 480, ‘7.0 inches
Multitouch Yes Yes
Protection Corning Glass Screen Guard
Sound Loudspeaker Yes Yes
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
Memory Card slot No Yes
Internal 16/32 GB storage, 1 GB RAM 4 GB Storage, 1 GB RAM
Data GPRS No No
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes Yes
NFC Yes No
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0 Yes, USB 2.0
Camera Primary 1.2 MP No
Features Video-calling Not Known
Video Yes, 720p Yes, 720p
Secondary No .3 MP
Features OS Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Android 4.2.1 Jellybean or higher
Chipset Nvidia Tegra 3 Not Known
CPU Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 Not Known
GPU ULP GeForce Not Known
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass 3 Axis Accelerometer
Messaging Email, Push Email, IM, RSS Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML HTML & Flash
Radio No No
GPS Yes No
Java No Yes
Colors Black Not Known
Battery Type Non-removable Li-Ion 4325 mAh battery Not Known
Talk time 9 Hours of HD video playback 3 Hours for online 720p video playback
Price Rs 15,999 Not Known
* From GSM Arena
** From Government

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