India's $35 tablet expected to launch this month

By on June 16, 2011, 7:16 PM

It's been a while since we've heard any major news about India's ambitious $35 tablet, but a new report suggests that it's finally inching toward reality. According to the Times of India, the controversial project is approaching the finish line with 100,000 units expected to ship this summer, starting this month. The government is expected to deliver 10,000 tablets to IIT Rajasthan in late June, while another 90,000 units will be rolled out over the next four months.

The launch price is reportedly set at 2,200 rupees, which is approximately equivalent to $49. Although that's higher than the initial $35 target, the government reportedly plans to cut the price in half with subsidies. Assuming that information is accurate, students might be able to purchase the tablet for less than we originally thought. Regardless, it's not such a bad deal at $49, especially considering most of us doubted the device would even see the light of day.

Named "Sakshat," the slate was first announced last summer and was delayed this January following complications with its primary hardware vendor, HCL Infosystems. Designed for academic use, Sakshat features a 7-inch touchscreen, support for video conferencing, 32GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, a USB port, Wi-Fi connectivity, and enough horsepower to play YouTube videos. To keep costs in check, the device utilizes Linux and other open source software.




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howzz1854 said:

if might be more enticing if they have someone more attractive looking than this ugly old dude showcasing the tablet.

PaulWuzHere PaulWuzHere said:

So will it be a "Sak-of-shat"? or will it be worth the $50?

Only time will tell

aj_the_kidd said:

The words "you get what you pay for" come to mind when i hear that a tablet is only gonna cost $35

Guest said:

^Not meant for you people.

howzz1854 said:

what do YOU mean you people ~ tropic thunder

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

howzz1854 said:

if might be more enticing if they have someone more attractive looking than this ugly old dude showcasing the tablet.

What's wrong, you don't find his 'come hither' look enticing?

"You want to touch my tablet, yes?"

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Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

gwailo247 said:

howzz1854 said:

if might be more enticing if they have someone more attractive looking than this ugly old dude showcasing the tablet.

What's wrong, you don't find his 'come hither' look enticing?

"You want to touch my tablet, yes?"

+1 For making me laugh .

ihaveaname said:

Honestly, they try to make a tablet with a seemingly impossible target, actually pull it off, and the comments here are either irrelevant or pessimistic. Where are the gasps of astonishment that this project deserves? Even if it ends up costing more than the goal, it's FORTY-NINE DOLLARS!

Guest said:

Why not a better tablet for $100 ?

Guest said:

Yeah is great !!!

I want one better for $100, but made in china !!!

:)

matrix86 matrix86 said:

paulwuzhere said:

So will it be a "Sak-of-shat"? or will it be worth the $50?

Only time will tell

..............you really expect a $50 tablet NOT to be a "sack-of-shat"? lol

But really, it'll be interesting to see how it turns out. At least if it turns out to be no good, you only wasted $50 instead of $400+. So you couldn't really say "man, I got jipped" :P

blimp01 said:

anyone else thing that dude looks like the final boss from Star Fox on the nintendo 64? what was his name andross

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captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

The Eleventh Commandment....: "Thou shalt not bad mouth the same wonderful people that answer all our customer service calls"......

if might be more enticing if they have someone more attractive looking than this ugly old dude showcasing the tablet.
Watch your mouth buster, Moses was an ugly old dude when he showed off his tablets.

Hey wait, maybe that's what they're trying to get across....!

I hear the splash screen is going to tell you it's 60 dollars, and you have to haggle with it for a couple of hours, before you get the 35 dollar price.....

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

ihaveaname said:

Honestly, they try to make a tablet with a seemingly impossible target, actually pull it off, and the comments here are either irrelevant or pessimistic. Where are the gasps of astonishment that this project deserves? Even if it ends up costing more than the goal, it's FORTY-NINE DOLLARS!

Gasps of astonishment like "OMG, the Indian gov't is going to subsidize this tablet! OMG, Indian taxpayers are going to cover the full cost of this device! Gasp, that country's labor costs are so low that they're able to manage to pull off such a low cost tablet. Gasp, they're selling something at a loss!"

I'm sure lots of stuff is cheap in India, tablets, cars, life.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Batteries not included....

Honestly, they try to make a tablet with a seemingly impossible target, actually pull it off, and the comments here are either irrelevant or pessimistic. Where are the gasps of astonishment that this project deserves? Even if it ends up costing more than the goal, it's FORTY-NINE DOLLARS!
Not it you haggle.

BTW, if you had enough people to work cheap, suppliers to donate material, and the government subsidized the remainder, you might be able to have a $49.95 Volkswagen.

That being said, I don't want one of these either.

I'm sure lots of stuff is cheap in India, tablets, cars, life.
"To speak to a representative press 9.....please hold, your call is important to us........zzzzzzz........Hullo, my name is "captaincranky", vut is da problem vit your tablet"?

Guest said:

Well, the old dude in the picture is Kapil Sibal, the union minister who made the tablet see the light of day!

It is somewhat like all you ugly dads lovingly holding their new-borns posing for your first picture together with your little-one, while the ugly, exhausted, bloated wife is recovering from all that she just went through.

Give the guy and the tablet a break. If they said it costs 50 bucks, it probably costs 50 bucks...

aj_the_kidd said:

ihaveaname said:

Honestly, they try to make a tablet with a seemingly impossible target, actually pull it off, and the comments here are either irrelevant or pessimistic. Where are the gasps of astonishment that this project deserves? Even if it ends up costing more than the goal, it's FORTY-NINE DOLLARS!

You've come to the wrong place if you expect that type of behaviour, especially on the internet

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Guest said:

Well, the old dude in the picture is Kapil Sibal, the union minister who made the tablet see the light of day!

It is somewhat like all you ugly dads lovingly holding their new-borns posing for your first picture together with your little-one, while the ugly, exhausted, bloated wife is recovering from all that she just went through.

Give the guy and the tablet a break. If they said it costs 50 bucks, it probably costs 50 bucks...

When the guy looks like someone Chris Hanson would be telling to "have a seat over there", and there is some mystery schmutz all over the screen, it doesn't really make for an attractive buy.

Overall though I am impressed by the specs, and their ability to build it so cheap, but it seems to me that you're taking all the jibes just a little too serious.

Guest said:

Sure lots of stuff are cheap in India, for example I can buy Crysis 2 for the PC, which was recently pulled down from Steam(still costing 60$), at any retail store for approximately 22$.

In fact 95% of new PC titles do not cost more than 22$ at launch.So, I'm happy that I live in India.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

captaincranky said:

"To speak to a representative press 9.....please hold, your call is important to us........zzzzzzz........Hullo, my name is "captaincranky", vut is da problem vit your tablet"?

I swallowed it. My tummy hurts.

Guest said:

ha ha. apple kill yourself!

hitech0101 said:

What most non-indians don't know is that after its launch it is going to be followed by a scam whose headlines will be carried by the same newspaper Times of India.

hitech0101 said:

Matthew said:

gwailo247 said:

howzz1854 said:

if might be more enticing if they have someone more attractive looking than this ugly old dude showcasing the tablet.

What's wrong, you don't find his 'come hither' look enticing?

"You want to touch my tablet, yes?"

+1 For making me laugh .

That old dude is the minister of IT & Communication just appointed recently after the last minister caused a loss of over US$ 40 billion to the country.

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Shut your traps man(s)! To me it having 2 gb of rams and 32 gb of hard drive makes it amazing for less than $50, even if it is just to play music. Now not only that but it has wifi and a USB port. To me it sounds like an amazingly cheap home download/music/stream/(almost-whatever-you-want) server (And a bunch things more).

herpaderp said:

Seriously, they couldn't maybe give it a quick wipe-down before they held it up for photos?

stewi0001 stewi0001 said:

I think that this is great for students in India. But I do agree with the humor about the old guy and the dirty screen. I would like to add (assuming that's the camera on top of it) why does it look like they taped a cellphone to the tablet?

Guest said:

Hey -- this guy doesn't look much different than most Tech geeks who are mature enough to do hugh projects with huge impact and succeed at them. Lay off the stupidity and admire his resolve to make the seemingly impossible reality.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Hey -- this guy doesn't look much different than most Tech geeks who are mature enough to do hugh projects with huge impact and succeed at them. Lay off the stupidity and admire his resolve to make the seemingly impossible reality.
OK,this is product made with low wages and government subsidies. India is one the few remaining countries in the world, whose economic and social model fits this kind of "breakthrough". Well, there's always Sub-Sarahan Africa, I suppose.

So, my suggestion to you would be, cut your own stupidity, and go over there and get a job on the $35.00 (USD) tablet assembly line. Help make the dream a reality. Drop us a line when you get there.

Guest said:

This is one of the most amusing threads I've read in a long time, LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

Zeromus said:

Hope it doesn't fall apart.

taimuraly taimuraly said:

So are the AA batteries included?

princeton princeton said:

Until we all realize that somehow it's actually worse than the notion ink adam. In terms of tech India is great for thinking and terrible for execution.

Guest said:

Leave out Windows and you're really sailing. Hope its a success and sells well. I wonder what the Bill of parts is? and is the central CPU actually made in INdia. Could this be the first project in a nascent Indian IT juggernaut that is about to relegate Intel, Amd Via to a high priced niche in the west? $50 tablet today , $100 PC tomorrow $120 laptop .. whats not to like? except the loss of jobs.

I for one welcome our INdian IT overlords.

kevnn said:

if this $35 tablet was to go at maybe $200 we wouldnt get this pessimistic comments. There's nothing u can do to please people

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

$50 tablet today , $100 PC tomorrow $120 laptop .. whats not to like? except the loss of jobs.

I for one welcome our INdian IT overlords.

I wouldn't hold your breath on that.

Governments would impose trade tariffs, then cut off credit to the Indian government. The only reason we haven't done that to China is we owe them too much money.

With India it's a different situation. Their chief "export thus far.is answering customer service telephone calls under assumed names.

aj_the_kidd said:

kevnn said:

if this $35 tablet was to go at maybe $200 we wouldnt get this pessimistic comments. There's nothing u can do to please people

The comments are more skeptical then pessimistic. I can appreciate the insanely unbelievable task of producing a tablet that will sell for ~$49 but in this day and age i gotta think whats the catch?

Guest said:

The screens are old recycled screens. That's just the way they are. Each one is unique and has a story to tell. Just like Italian marble.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

The screens are old recycled screens. That's just the way they are. Each one is unique and has a story to tell. Just like Italian marble.
Dude, if Italian marble speaks to you.....never mind, just something to think about....

Guest said:

its neither the screen is bad nor the camera attached over it. its just a plastic cover.

apexwm said:

It's about time that somebody comes out with an affordable tablet, without a lot of hype or proprietary bloatware installed. Using Linux is an excellent choice. I would even buy it if it came with no OS, so that I can install my Linux distro of choice. Many companies use images, too, so pre-loading an OS isn't always necessary. It will definitely be interesting to follow this one....

secretassasin69 secretassasin69 said:

ihaveaname said:

Honestly, they try to make a tablet with a seemingly impossible target, actually pull it off, and the comments here are either irrelevant or pessimistic. Where are the gasps of astonishment that this project deserves? Even if it ends up costing more than the goal, it's FORTY-NINE DOLLARS!

thank you for posting the one optimistic comment afte reading through a load of negative ones i do agree with you ihaveaname i think respect is due and as for the price-tag at least it's more affordable compared to other tablets

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

thank you for posting the one optimistic comment afte reading through a load of negative ones i do agree with you ihaveaname i think respect is due and as for the price-tag at least it's more affordable compared to other tablets
Yes, $49.95 is cheaper that $499.95, (iPad2 start price), thanks for pointing that out for us.

Guest said:

Hey, I wouldn't be too quick to dismiss it.

In India, peasants too poor to afford a pair of shoes, have cell phones -- and affordable cell-phone plans.

Just think about that.

Guest said:

My brother in law just bought a pyjama for his all glass phone.

It cost him.... $49.

Functioning tablet for the same price?

WOW.

Guest said:

The ugly dude is a member of parliment. He is the education minister.

Guest said:

For $50 I would buy one. The fact that it has Linux is a big plus. I know that there is a lot of subsidies from government and vendors etc. to help make it inexpensive but if it means that a larger percentage of Indian students can have access to a computer I think it is a great deal.The fact that it may be a little materialistic may keep it used for real work and study and not used for playing mindless games.

When will it be available here in capitalistic USA?

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

The ugly dude is a member of parliment. He is the education minister.

Well listen, that's just a euphemism for "camera wh**e. I know this because that's all we manage to elect also.

Guest said:

Well said .. all ministers in India are considered corrupt unless proven otherwise.. and as far as him doing work .. he must have only signed files and sat down for the photo op. I doubt he knows how to open a browser window without seeing the start icon on the taskbar

Guest said:

Profit is good. I Believe that in America our company's want too far too much profit margin. What ever happened to selling at a reasonable mark up and profiting from the VOLUME of SALES?

What does happen is lower production and less work available across the economy. With only some able to afford what cr*p is being offered.

I see sale ads daily Buy one get one free and other such. If the product is so great just sell it at 50% of current price. Obviously these sales would not go on if they were not making a profit.

No wonder the US does not produce anything near what we used to and no wonder nearly everyone is in debt up to their eyeballs.

If India can build this and market it for their students bully for them.

Quit bashing at least they are trying to improve the lot of all of India's people.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I see sale ads daily Buy one get one free and other such. If the product is so great just sell it at 50% of current price. Obviously these sales would not go on if they were not making a profit.
Yeah well, I we did it that way, we would have no method of verifying exactly how f***** stupid the average american consumer is, now would we? 'Cause they'll still buy the exact same s*** @ one for 100%.

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