In this Thursday, July 22, 2010 photo, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal displayed the prototype of $35 basic touch screen tablet computer.
NEW DELHI: The world’s cheapest tablet computer, which will be unwrapped on Wednesday, 5th October, 2011 and will go on sale in India starting December, the maker of the device has said.
Created for use by students, the tablet will first be made available to colleges at Rs 1,750 apiece ($35)
The tablet, will run on Google’s Android platform, with WiFi connectivity for internet access and cloud storage. It will have 256 MB of RAM, a 2GB SD memory card, a 32 GB expandable memory slot and two USB ports.
A Canadian of Indian descent, Suneet Singh Tuli, the chief executive of the company making the device, declined to disclose its retail price, but said it will cost as much as “a vegetarian meal for two at a five-star hotel in Delhi”.
Tuli is the founder of Datawind, a UK-based company which also makes the PocketSurfer, a handheld device to surf the web.”We wanted to show the world when China can break price points, India can do it better,” Tuli said.
The cheapest tablets available globally are at about $99 for an HP TouchPad and $199 for Amazon’s Kindle Fire. In India, tablets currently start from $99 for Pepper, a tablet launched last month by Devraj group of companies. The Wespro ePad is available at Rs 7,000.
Text courtesy: The Economic Times.