India on Wednesday launched its long-awaited “computer for the masses”, unveiling a $46 tablet device designed to bring the information technology revolution to tens of millions of students.
DataWind, the Canada-based manufacturer, said the government was buying 100,000 of the tablets at 2,276 rupees ($46) each to be given away for free to university and college students.
The price of what has been dubbed “the world’s cheapest computer” should fall to $35 and could even be hammered down as low as $10, DataWind said at the launch in New Delhi.
The computer has a seven-inch (18-centimetre) touchscreen, Wi-Fi Internet function, a multimedia player and 180 minutes of battery power.
Called the “Aakash” (“Sky”), the stylish, locally-made device uses an Android 2.2 operating system and has an external 2GB storage card and two USB ports.