And we thought the iPad was cheap(ish) at $499!
Well, the Guardian and the Associated Press are both reporting that India has produced a prototype of a $35 tablet laptop which, the country hopes, could eventually go as low as $10. They plan to get the device on the market by 2011.
Of course, it runs Linux. But it has been developed specifically with students in developing countries in mind. Another bonus: for an additional fee, they are offering a solar-powered option.
Kapil Sibal, the resource development minister of India, had this to say about the product:
“We have reached a [developmental] stage that today, the motherboard, its chip, the processing, connectivity, all of them cumulatively cost around $35, including memory, display, everything.”
Sibal detailed some of the specs of the touchscreen tablet, including web-browsing, video conferencing, and PDF reading.
I’ve got to admit, as cool as something like this might be, it seems a little too good to be true. I’m all for cheaper computers, and making sure that they get in the hands of as many people as possible. But can something that cheap be any good? Is it just a way to grab a headline, and the price will go up significantly later?
It really makes the whole $100 laptop program look a bit obsolete, doesn’t it?
At any rate, it will be intriguing to find out what happens in the long run. For the sake of the many people this could impact, I certainly do hope it works out!