Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday launched a $35 computing device that will be made available to ‘learners’ right from primary schools to universities. Aiming at bringing down the price to $10, the Ministry has also begun discussions with global manufacturers to start mass production of arguably the world’s cheapest laptop
This $35 “low-cost computing-cum-access device” is a 5/7/9 inch touchscreen gadget packed with internet browsers, PDF reader, video conferencing facilities, open office, sci-lab, media player, remote device management capability, multimedia input-output interface option, and multiple content viewer.
The Linux based device will also have provisions for running on solar power besides the usual battery- operated systems. The Rs 1,500/$35 computing device is expected to first hit higher education institutions — colleges and varsities starting 2011 — but the government could subsidise 50 per cent of this cost, bringing down the price.
The tablet PC has a USB port and 2GB of memory.
India is planning to subsidize and targets getting 110 million units to its school age children over the next few years.
The $99 Cherrypal Africa features a 7” screen, Internet browsing capabilities, 400 MHZ processor and more. Along with this new product launch, Cherrypal is also announcing the redesign of the 13.3” widescreen Bing laptop. Priced at only $389 (including Windows XP), the Bing features 1.6 GHz operation, 1 GB DDRII memory, 160 GB HDD, 1.3 MP integrated web camera and (3) USB ports.
The 7″ Cherrypal Asia was designed with developing countries in mind; low price, pleasant user experience, high quality. The “Asia” comes with following specifications: 533MHz VIA 8505 (ARM9) processor, 256 MB DDR / 2 GB NAND-flash and runs Android 1.6. Here are some more basics: Screen: 7 inch high-resolution TFT .(800 x 480 pixels) LAN:10/100M Ethernet Access WIFI: IEEE 802.11 b/g Ethernet RJ-45 Keyboard: QWERTY 86 keys Mouse&Touch pad:build-in touch panel, set two shortcut key,and support usb port mouse USB Port: USB 2.0 x 1 (external memory) USB 1.1 x 2 (keyboard & mouse only) External Memory : SD card , U-Disk , USB-HDD Card port: SD / MMC card slot (8GB) Battery: 7.4 V 2100Mha built in Lithium battery: 4 HRS Built in speaker 1 x microphone Weight: less than 2 pounds Size: 213.5 x 141.8 x 30.8 mm
Cherrypal Asia 10.1″ mini-laptop (Android) $148.00
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