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India's $35 Android 7-inch Tablet to Hit in January

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We've been hearing about India's plans for a $35 computer for a few months now, and for a while we thought it might be all talk. However, it seems India is pushing ahead with plans for the educational tablet.

Engadget reports that India has just awarded the manufacturing contract to HCL Technologies. The first shipment will supposedly only contain the 7-inch model and is set to arrive on January 10. It's unclear if the $35 price has stuck or whether India's been successful in plans to eventually drive the price down to $10 with the help of large orders and government subsidies.

Unveiled by the Human Resources Minister of the Union of India, Shri Kapil Sibal, in July, the device has generated significant interest among colleges and schools. The tablet device will have web browsing, including the ability to access YouTube. Official specs have yet to be confirmed, but it's said to have WiFi, come in a variety of sizes, and pack 2GB of storage. Though the press release is hard to decipher, it would seem the Indian government also has plans to launch a wesbite containing quality educational content for the devices.

Read the full release here.

Source: Engadget

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    Anonymous , September 9, 2010 10:01 PM
    Holy crap 35 dollars,china is officialy out of bussines


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    arjunp2085 , September 9, 2010 11:51 PM
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    Made in India = don't buy.

    Reason - child worker exploitation.



    As If you Experienced it First Hand...

    We do not have Child labor in High tech Industries....

    Child labor is prevalent in small jobs to lean it (apprenticeship)...

    Now Part Time job @ restaurants become child labor?? Then Your country will be on the top of the List
  • 16 Hide
    utengineer , September 9, 2010 10:32 PM
    But can it play Pac Man?
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    hellwig , September 9, 2010 9:55 PM
    If I can get one shipped to the U.S., $35 wouldn't be a bad price even just to try the thing out. Maybe even do what the OLPC people did, and double the price and donate a second one to some impoverished nation. I want a cheap tablet (however unfunctional) just to see if it serves a purpose before I dump a few hundred into a full-fledged Android tablet that I end up never using.
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    Tmanishere , September 9, 2010 9:57 PM
    $35 is cool, but tablet is not a substitute for computers.
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    AMW1011 , September 9, 2010 9:58 PM
    This is just awesome. If they do the OLPC thing, I will buy a couple for sure.
  • 7 Hide
    sliem , September 9, 2010 9:59 PM
    I'd buy two.
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    Anonymous , September 9, 2010 10:01 PM
    Holy crap 35 dollars,china is officialy out of bussines


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    misry , September 9, 2010 10:04 PM
    It doesn't have to substitute for a computer, just run text books that have been exported to HTML and save homework to an SD card till it can be uploaded to the classroom. This could be the PADD every other person on a starship is walking around with.
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    nforce4max , September 9, 2010 10:04 PM
    ShamzamHoly crap 35 dollars,china is officialy out of bussines------------------------Media Tablet


    Finally
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    joytech22 , September 9, 2010 10:07 PM
    that thing looks awesome! i'd buy one.
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    madeux , September 9, 2010 10:12 PM
    My inner geek desperately wants a tablet, and this thing would be perfect for trying out the concept to see if I'd actually use it. Even as an e-reader this thing would be great!
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    utengineer , September 9, 2010 10:32 PM
    But can it play Pac Man?
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    Morgan3rd , September 9, 2010 10:32 PM
    So... what it run on some stripped down Soc and AA batteries or something?

    I wonder if McDonald's could eventually have a mini-tablet in a happy meal.

    And having tried the OLPC laptop, it might have been the worst experience with technology I've ever had.
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    BulkZerker , September 9, 2010 11:00 PM
    It can't possibly copy the ipad, there's not nearly enough price gouging, nor will it randomy explode after overheating
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    LORD_ORION , September 9, 2010 11:24 PM
    LOL, it's a thin client connected to India. $35 buys a lot of human processing power over there. :D 
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    mindspring , September 9, 2010 11:27 PM
    Made in India = don't buy.

    Reason - child worker exploitation.
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    haunted one , September 9, 2010 11:34 PM
    The device is aimed at students in a developing country. I think it's a great price for it's purpose but it likely won't satisfy the needs of the average US consumer (at whom it's not targeted in the first place).
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    arjunp2085 , September 9, 2010 11:51 PM
    Quote:
    Made in India = don't buy.

    Reason - child worker exploitation.



    As If you Experienced it First Hand...

    We do not have Child labor in High tech Industries....

    Child labor is prevalent in small jobs to lean it (apprenticeship)...

    Now Part Time job @ restaurants become child labor?? Then Your country will be on the top of the List
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    winner4455 , September 10, 2010 12:21 AM
    arjunp2085As If you Experienced it First Hand...We do not have Child labor in High tech Industries....Child labor is prevalent in small jobs to lean it (apprenticeship)...Now Part Time job @ restaurants become child labor?? Then Your country will be on the top of the List



    You know, the part time jobs is the Child's choice, which isn't exploiting them in any way...
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    Anonymous , September 10, 2010 12:23 AM
    I hope other laptop manufacturers join the bandwagon. That will drive down the prices too.Demand could be anywhere btn 30 mn to 50mn a year if it is done properly. I dont see HCL measuring up to the task ahead.
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    fans 6 , September 10, 2010 12:51 AM
    YAY!!!

    china will be ruined!!!

    Sorry, but i don't like China

    Better to give profit to a democracy than a tyrannical Communist marketing itself as the new world power.

    haha, its just a paper tiger.
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