In our earlier Post Don’t waste 600$ for iPad; Now Get a Tablet PC for Just $35 we have discussed the initiative by Indian Government to manufacture a Low Cost Computing Device , Sakshat, a $35 tablet computer, for students. In a recent update India’s Human Resources minister Kapil Sibal announced to unveil the country’s $35 tablet computer meant for students, officially on Wednesday,October 5.
The tablet was initially designed and developed by the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Technology, Rajasthan.The tablet which was developed as part of the National Mission on Education as a low-cost alternative to high-end tablets got delayed because the previous contract with HCL to manufacture the devices was not fruitful as HCL failed to manufacture these devices at such a low-cost.In the latest contract the devices are manufactured by DataWind, a UK-based company, Sakshat will sport a 7-inch touchscreen display, 256MB of RAM, two USB drives, a 2GB SD memory card and a 32 GB expandable memory slot. It will run on Google’s Android platform.
“The tablet would let children go beyond the boundary of classroom and teachers to acquire knowledge through IT,” said the minister at a function in New Delhi last month, and promised to make it available to every child in school. “The tablet shall help enhance the quality of learning of children…This is not just a dream, it is a reality.”
However at such a low cost (a mere $35) the quality of the product is sure to be compromised but yes for students in a developing country like India it would be a great device to remain connected. However it is not a recommended purchase if you can afford better as the device in no case would be a competition to Apple iPad .
However, it remains to be seen how good the $35 tablet , Sakshat will be.