India $35 tablet to be launched on October 5, HRD minister Kapil Sibal confirms

By on Sep 30, 2011 in Asia, Tablet, Technology Comments

Updated: October 5, 2011 11:12 p.m.

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The much-awaited $35 tablet in India, being dubbed as ‘Sakshat‘, will be launched launched this coming October 5, which will be used by students from primary schools to universities in the country.

India HRD minister Kapil Sibal,
holding the $35 tablet

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As noted at Times of India on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, the country’s HRD minister, Kapil Sibal, confirmed that the $35 tablet (Rs. 1700) will be released on Wednesday, October 5.

“This is not just a dream, it is a reality,” Sibal told reports, who is also the minister of Communications and Information Technology of India, with the device being noted to be the world’s cheapest tablet.

Apparently, the cheap tablet was supposed to be launched last January but was canceled due to production cost disagreement between the Indian government and its manufacturer.

Back in June, Indian news reported that the $35 tablet will be launched that month but it did not happen and the production cost was said to be the problem again.

According to reports, the Indian government will subsidize the price of the tablet and will offer it to students for about Rs. 1100 only, with the previous manufacturing problems now completely solved.

The $35 tablet, which Sibal said that its name will be announced during its launch, will feature a 7-inch touch screen 32 GB Internal memory, 2 GB RAM, 2 USB ports and a video conferencing capability.

In addition, the Indian tablet will have open source OS and Wi-Fi connectivity; and will also be available in 5-inch and 9-inch touch screen models.

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