$35 Tablet Hits Indian Market
Hindustan Times reports, “After multiple delays and grumbles from several quarters (some mocking in the international blogs too), Minister of Communications and IT, Kapil Sibal, under whose aegis the project has been nurtured, finally unveiled the $35 tablet.”
Bloomberg reports, “Developer Datawind is selling the tablets to the government for about $45 each, and subsidies will reduce that to $35 for students and teachers. Datawind says it can make about 100,000 units a month at the moment, not nearly enough to meet India’s hope of getting its 220 million children online.”
Here’s the tech specs:
- Android 2.2 based device features a 7-inch resistive touchscreen and only one face button.
- No volume or back buttons
- Two USB ports and a micro SD card slot along with a 3.5mm headphone jack and the DC in port
- 366MHz Connexant processor and 256MB RAM with a dedicated HD video processor and 2GB on board flash
- Runs full HD videos at 1080p smoothly
- Three hour batter life
- Rubberized finish
A hope for the students, it will change the way, Indian students used to. A higher and improved version is needed for those, who can afford. A camera and improved battery life can do magic !
What a game-changer for Indian education *if* they are used correctly. Hint: It is not about the technology. It is about the learning.
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