Small Computer with Small Price Tag
India launched its long-awaited “computer for the masses” in October 2011, unveiling an inexpensive tablet device designed to bring the information technology revolution to tens of millions of students.
DataWind, the Canada-based manufacturer, said the government was buying 100,000 of the “Aakash” (or “Sky”) tablets at 2,276 rupees (U.S. $46). Each tablet is to be given away for free to university and college students.
The price of what has been dubbed “the world’s cheapest computer” should fall to U.S. $35 and could even be hammered down as low as U.S. $10, DataWind said at the launch in New Delhi.
The computer has an 18-centimeter touchscreen, Wi-Fi Internet function, a multimedia player and 180 minutes of battery power.