Update (Oct 5th 2011): Sakshat $35 tablet will be officially released today by Mr Kapil Sibal. As we had mentioned before you cannot buy Sakshat online or in retail stores as it will be sold to some colleges directly by the government. It costs just Rs.1200 (around $25)!

Remember Sakshat? The $35 tablet from the Indian government, touted as the world’s cheapest laptop has finally come through the production phase and made it to the market. Sakshat will be launching this month for a relatively higher price of Rs 2200, which is around $49!

The low cost tablet was full of controversies, ever since it was announced back in July last year. It was supposed to be launched by January 2011, but was met with lot of hurdles in its way. HCL, which had initially won the tender for producing 1 million units of Sakshat was booted out, which in turn delayed the launch by 6 more months.

The Indian government has announced that 10,000 units of Sakshat tablets will be delivered to IIT-Rajasthan in late June and over the next four months 90,000 more would be made available at a price of Rs 2,200 per device. The government also said that they will subsidize the cost by 50%, so a student would have to pay only Rs. 1,100 for the device.

As you might already know, the 7″ resistive touch screen tablet will be powered by an open source OS (Android?) and comes with a decent hardware specs like 32GB hard disk, 2GB RAM, 2 USB ports and impressive software features like video conferencing facility, WiFi connectivity & multimedia support. We should make it clear that these specs and features are not official yet and we still need to see for ourselves how good the tablet is.

Assuming the best possible scenario of a decent & usable tablet at such a low cost, it should turn out to be a boon for students and education in India. There are no plans as such to release the tablet for the retail markets for now.



Raju is the founder-editor of Technology Personalized. A proud geek and an Internet freak, who is also a social networking enthusiast. You can follow him on Facebook and on Twitter. Mail Raju PP. Follow rajupp


  • Arun

    It is really amazing. Is it available for everyone or only for students ?

    Launch Date ?

    • Raju PP

      as I mentioned in the article, it will launch later this month and will only be available for students of IIT Rajasthan and then to other IIT schools later this year.

    • saddy

      its a waste 1.. it works with styles.. so u cant do u r work with it as fast as u want.. its not a sens touch. according me reliance tab is the best 1. in price and working manner.. so dont buy this kind of junk…

  • Avinash

    Plz tell the dates when it would be comming in lko. I m a student of class 10 plz mention where can i buy it……….or how will i get it

    • Raju PP

      Not coming anytime soon. I will write a post when it is released to general public

  • ayesha

    hi .. iam an MBA student and wuld like to buy this… so can u tell me 4m ver can i get this in hyderabad.

  • Doss

    I am a 12th student nd i want to knw whn its gonna release in market..
    Want to buy try it ….

  • syed irfan

    hi i am studyin in 11th standard “mpc” i just want to know that when it will gonna release in hyderabad …because i want to buy that tablet …..

    • Raju PP

      Sorry Syed. It is not expected to be sold in retail markets. Government will be directly selling it to selected few colleges in the country.

      • vikas

        any low price tab available ‘in retail market plz let me know ………..

  • jj nair

    i am an engg. student and planning to do an mba how can i buy this!!!!!!

  • amardeep kumar

    myself amardeep…i am an engg. student in nerist….will this tab will be available in our universities…since nerist is a deemed universities…..

  • nagaraju

    It’s so good and it’s better to mention more features…..

  • sumit

    please reply raju ji

    ours is deemed university, when will we get it?????

    • Raju PP

      Who gets it is not clear yet. The news is that government has sent 3000 units to each state to start with.

  • arma

    hii…is this sakshat tab launched in hyderabad? where can i get this from? and what does it cost exactly?

  • Gururaj

    Hi raju is it available in market…