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The $35 tablet arrives in India (but it's more expensive)

Posted on Wednesday, October 05 2011 @ 22:33:14 CEST by

NDTV reports India's "$35 tablet" has been unveiled by British manufacturer DataWind and Indian education minister Kapil Sibal. The tablet runs Android 2.2, it has a 7" resistive touchscreen with 800 x 440 pixel resolution and features a 366MHz processor. Other features include 2GB internal storage capacity, support for up SD memory cards and a GPU capable of playing 1080p video. The 2100mAh battery promises a battery life of three hours.

The project was unable to achieve its intended $35 price tag, the devices' total cost is estimated to be close to $50 or Rs 2,276 but the Indian government will subsidize the tablet so educational institutes will have to shell out less than Rs 1500 ($31) per tablet.
The biggest makeover that the $35 tablet underwent from the prototype to the final product stage is the price.

A year down the line, the making cost of the tablet stands at $37.98. To this if the transportation, warranty and other costs are added then the final cost of the tablet is close to $50 or Rs 2,276.

Though this still makes the tablet the cheapest computing device, the struggle to pack in as many features of the prototype into the final product as possible and yet keep the price down is quite apparent.



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