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India Comes Up With $35 Laptop


India Comes Up With $35 Laptop

The world’s cheapest laptop has been unveiled in India, a touch screen device that costs just $35.

India’s Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal revealed that it had been in talks with manufacturers around the globe to create the device.

"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," he told a news conference.

Dubbed, the 'Sakshat' laptop, it is aimed at students and Sibal expects it to be their hands from 2011. Despite the price, users will get a touch-screen, a PDF reader and a webcam for video conferencing. There has been no confirmation of its specifications but reports suggest 2GB of memory, Wi-Fi and Ethernet and power consumption at just 2W. Naturally, the device will run Linux.

There was no talk how it performed running Crysis – not even at low settings.

Displaying remarkable ingenuity, a version that runs off solar power is planned, which would really help in areas with unstable electricity infrastructure.

Sibal even claimed that his department hopes to lower the cost to $20 or $10 - that’s what we call, commodity computing.

The $35 was developed by the the Indian Institute of Technology and the Indian Institute of Science

“This is part of the national initiative to take forward inclusive education. The solutions for tomorrow will emerge from India,” said Sibal.

Via: Indian Express

Via: Reuters


July 23, 2010, 3:44 pm

Announcement by Mr Kapil sibal to offer Laptop priced $35 equivalent to approximately INR 1750/- is all time record gimmick created by the Minister. I hope balance amount to the manufacturers shall be paid by him or his Ministry.


July 23, 2010, 7:24 pm

I dread to think how much the poor (literally) people who make this get paid.


July 23, 2010, 8:34 pm

@Simon I don't, but I guess somewhere about the same as the poor (literally) people at Foxconn get paid. No suicides mentioned though.


July 23, 2010, 9:23 pm

That spec. is better than my current desktop PC!


July 23, 2010, 11:05 pm

Beat that Apple !!

Sorry, you can't - it's against your religion of value for money .....


July 24, 2010, 2:28 am

if we say its akin to an archos 7 which costs £129 this costs $35 dollars so will sell for $129 or £129 in the uk whoopee


July 24, 2010, 3:34 pm

@Midnight-Alchemist Yay for cheap wages slaves just so others can have cheap tech.


July 24, 2010, 9:04 pm

This sounds a lot like Nokia's original 770 internet tablet from 3-4 years ago

or am I completely wrong...


July 25, 2010, 8:01 pm

@Simon - I think you are missing the point here. We shouldn't be so cynical and criticise such an ambition project without knowing any of the details. Personally I read the story with optimism, albeit with a healthy dose of caution. I would be hugely impressed if they could make a device as described for such a low price point &#8211 many have tried and failed! It would clearly not be aimed at high-end consumers, i.e. it will not be an apple competitor. What it could be is a tremendous learning tool for children in the developing world, something the One Laptop project tried to do, but ultimately failed (although I completely applaud the effort and sentiment). As technology advances I can only hope that this is a step towards bringing more opportunity to those that really need it.

I might be wrong, perhaps these devices will be marketed primarily to the developed world for a profit, at the expense of the labour used to build them. At which point my opinion will completely change, obviously. But until that time I think we should have a little faith in people looking to push boundaries, potentially for the greater good of those around them.


July 26, 2010, 6:48 pm

I agree with Superfly. Please send me details regarding this computer whizz and where to order. Waiting for your immediate response thru my email. Thank you very much!!!


July 27, 2010, 4:45 pm

I have my doubts if its the true cost, i.e. without subsidies, etc

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