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$35 Android tablet is here in India; price can go down to $10

Indian Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday launched a $35 Android tablet, it will be made available to students right from primary schools to universities.

The discussions are underway with global manufacturers to start mass production of arguably the world’s cheapest tablet.

According to the details,the tablet will come in three versions of 5, 7, and 9 inches display. It will be packed with 2 GB RAM memory, wi-fi connectivity, USB port and powered by a 2-watt system to suit poor power supply areas. It will laso have apps like internet browser, PDF reader, video conferencing facilities, open office, sci-lab, media player, remote device management capability, multimedia input-output interface option, and multiple content viewer.

This Rs 1,500 tablet is expected to first hit higher education institution starting 2011 — but the government could subsidise 50 per cent of this cost, bringing down the price.

“The price of the device is expected to be around $35 (Rs. 1,500), gradually dropping down to $20 and ultimately $10 per piece,” Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said.

image credits: The Hindu, Indian Express

10 thoughts on “$35 Android tablet is here in India; price can go down to $10

  1. Yes and while the indian government is actually working to improve and innovate education, we here in the States continue to send our kids to crappy public schools that make rules prohibiting PDA & Cell phones. You know, because the crappy teacher can’t compete with such “distractions” to the learning environment…

  2. @Dan

    You can just see the homescreen in the image posted by Us. It is very clearly Android homescreen.
    AP is also not wrong coz Android is also a version of Linux.

  3. I think India is jumping the gun, the tablet format has not shown itself to be useful as a learning tool yet… give the iPad a year to show it has any worth in the class room then go for this. I think we will find a laptop to be superior, with vastly better dictation and note taking ability.

    But at least they have made a cheap export product to fob to gadget junkies.

  4. Very smart move by India. Seems like your officials over there have something called empathy (completely the opposite here in the U.S.).

    Awesome work!!

  5. Forget having the government subsidize this; sell them in the US for $50 and have our consumers subsidize them at that price…

    Either way, with tech like this coming from a government for its citizens, the US will have a hard time with technology in the future, I fear.

  6. Will the memory be expandable? Two GB is kid of of skimpy. Other than that, if they things turn out to be OK on the quality side, a lot of American computer companies will have to follow suit. Get ready for dirt cheap electronics! 🙂

  7. Ooops…..

    I meant [Other than that, if “these” things turn out to be OK on the quality side]

    Pardon my ignorance….

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