A team of Indian researchers have developed what’s essentially the cheapest “laptop” in the world which would cost just $35 (approx Rs. 1600). Now it is tough to tell if it exactly qualifies as a laptop or not, but this touch screen computing device has managed to garner enough raised eyebrows from all over the world.

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Designed by experts at IIT, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, the device was unveiled on Thursday by Indian HRD Minister, Kapil Sibal. This low-cost computing device is designed for students and the government has started talks with global manufacturers to start mass production.


We have reached a (developmental) stage that today, the motherboard, its chip, the processing, connectivity, all of them cumulatively cost around $35, including memory, display, everything,

It looks like an iPad, only it’s just 1/14th the cost. It is truly wrong to compare this unnamed device with iPad, so let us just look at the specs.

  • Linux Operating System
  • touch screen
  • built in keyboard
  • wi-fi connectivity
  • USB port
  • 2GB RAM memory
  • alternate solar battery support

The tablet is packed with Internet browsers, PDF reader and video conferencing facilities. What more? The minister expects the price to come down to $20 (approx Rs 920)!

Here is a news report of the same

Update (Oct 5th 2011): Aakash $35 tablet has been officially released today by the Indian Government. Check out Aakash tablet!

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  • ha14

    Is this the price for the public?

    • http://techpp.com Raju

      supposed to be. The price is expected to come down further by the time it reaches public

  • aamin

    when its going to get by public?

  • subha

    is it possible that rs 1600 laptop come in market? if came then when it is available ?

    • http://techpp.com Raju

      2011 is the expected release date

  • Jmaine

    This is such a wonderful development..i will love to try my hands on this device..

  • margret

    i am very exited to buy this device of india…………..

  • Rahul

    please when i get i this computer

  • sanjana

    is it available in Mangalore?

  • prasanna pawar

    please tell me where to buy hcl sakshat tablet from

  • veer

    plz call me or mail and sms me when this tablet avilabe to buy in delhi….i am very thankfull u……plzzz

  • sudhir

    How much time it will take to launch for a common people. What Mr. Kapil Sibbal is doing on it?

  • Ifham Ul Islam

    how can i buy this TABLET, can any body tell me… whats its features how to buy, how much will it cost to normal civilain, can i also use SIM card in the phone for internet purpose and calling purposes….
    Can anybody Guide me plzzzzzz.

  • Killer

    we can buy this chotaDON from 25 december , 2011

  • arun k

    i am very exited to by this but when