India is going to launch the world’s cheapest tablet in only $35 price at January 10th, 2011 which will be delivered to students in higher education from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, India. There has been rumors of a ultra budget laptops being made since the June of 2010 by the Indian Institute of technology and it was officially announced by the Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal who showcased a prototype of the finished design which will be actively coming into the market at the middle of next years to the hands of general consumers.
These tablets are currently being made to be given to the Students in India studying in different Universities & Colleges at a lower rate and later coming in the market for buying from the developer company. The design and built is blueprinted by IITs of Bangalore, Kanpur, Kharagpur & Madras and Indian Institute of Science in a joint venture to give the students a lighter and cheaper alternatives of Netbook which will be able for conducting general office work and compact with connectivity. The project to make such a cheap tablet that will help the poor students started at the beginning of this year and in the July, it was officially completed with the required specifications and under tagged price range.
The tablet will have 7” Vivid WVGA screen with 800 x 600 pixels resolutions for the starter, later on tablets of 5” and 9” screens will also be available in the market with 640 x 480 and 1024 x 768 display resolutions. The Tablet is expected to run in the Android Operating System with modified Kernel that will have video conferencing facility and remote device management capability to support student requirements. This tablet runs on a 2 GB RAM and 500 MHz Processor to operate software like Open Office, PDF Reader, Opera, Media Player, Sci-Lab and other default utilities built in Android Operating System. It also has a front facing VGA camera to use as a webcam or in video chatting and video conferencing if required, however it lacks and good quality compact camera on the rear side. The Tablet will be connectable to the Pc via a Micro-USB interface that will act as data cable. Running on only 2 watt AA battery, the tablet will not be a power hog that will be capable of giving 6-8 hours of undisrupted operation upon fully charging. At the beginning, the tablet is made to use the Wi-Fi connection for Internet, but later on, it might be possible to integrate 3G facilities into that.
The device is being called Sakshat which is a Sanskrit word meaning a powerful one and predicted to be enormously popular in the days to come as the cheapest tablet that can be carried with and comes into the affordable price range for a large part of Indian consumer world. According to Kapil Sibal, HRD Mister of India, the device will have more price drops in the future, expected to come under a price range of $20 in the future and then ultimately $10 as the components used for build, monitor and chips are not very expensive ones and combined price for them in making the device will be well under $35 once coming for mass production.
Indian Government has allocated $6.5 million for this project which will be used for making and distributing it in the students once it comes into market at the January of 2011 by the HCL Technologies who are given contract for hardware parts. Later on it will be available for the general consumer market in Jun-July of 2011 for buying with $35 this cheapest tablet ever made.