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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