Want a $35 Tablet? Find out Who Has Unveiled One

By  Mike Cole — August 05, 2010

Want a $35 tablet PC that looks like an iPad , can be used for main functions such as word processing, web browsing and video-conferencing -- and even comes equipped with a solar-powered option?

Well one has been unveiled, but you may have to wait until a manufacturer is found.

As reported by the Associated Press, India has produced a prototype of a $35 tablet laptop. The country unveiled it late last month and says it hopes to get it on the market by 2011.

Kapil Sibal, the human resource development minister of India who demonstrated the device, said "We have reached a stage that...the motherboard, its chip, the processing, connectivity, all of them cumulatively cost around $35, including memory, display, everything."

The device runs on the Linux operating system and is part of an education project by the Indian government, which aims to bring broadband connectivity to India's 25,000 colleges and 504 universities and make study materials available online.

The tablet doesn't have a hard disk, but instead uses a mobile-phone type memory card.

While attaining profitability is still very much at question, a spokesperson from the human resource development minister's office told the AP that several manufacturers, including one from Taiwan have expressed an interest in making the low-cost device, but no deals have yet been finalized.


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