Cheapest Tablet Unveiled by Indian Government: Costs $35

By Sidharth | Features

It seems like the Indian government is all set to push modern technological gadget out to the masses; first it was the $10 laptop and now they are advancing towards tablet PC.

While the Apple iPad is yet to launch in India, this latest gadget: Sakshat, is the cheapest tablet that is expected to go on sale by next year. Price? Well, 35 bucks and you get to fiddle around with the tablet, forever.


To sweeten the deal, the Human Resources Minister of the Union of India present in the event also added that the they are working with private manufactures to bring down the tablet price even further, at around $20 apiece.

Specifications of Sakshat Tablet

Although unconfirmed, from what we know: Sakshat tablet is touch sensitive, powered with 2GB RAM, connects to Wi-Fi, has USB support, has a built in keyboard — and uses the Linux platform. The best part, for the students in India, is the tablet bundles 500 web based video courses connecting 8500 colleges across the country. Another 1100 courses are in the making. Really, what more do you expect for $35?

But at one point, it is hard to digest the fact that for $35 (INR 1500) you can buy this tablet. I reckon the low-price is due to the rigorous cost cutting and heavy customization efforts put in, as this tablet mainly functions to execute simpler task to meet the needs of end user.

Can the Sakshat tablet stand strongly amidst the tablet war? Or is it too underpowered to be given any attention?

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Hi, I am Sidharth. Full-time blogger. Editor of Blogote. And a self-proclaimed geek!

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(13) comments

khushwinder singh January 8, 2011

how c

susheel July 29, 2010

great news.. as indians we need 2 n’courge ultimate task done by govt.. instead of having -ve perceptions.. comon guys..

Zig July 26, 2010

The design is not so impressive tho

Lisa July 24, 2010

35$ is something like 2000 INR…and 2000 is not a big numbers to be very honest…but I bet most of the parts are not done in India, so the cost must be high even inside India. So, apparently they are hidden some costs, may be subsidizing the price.

Arijit Das July 23, 2010

Wow!! It’s so cheapest…. When it will be launching in the market?

Robert MacEwan July 23, 2010

What distro of Linux?

WiMAXIndia July 23, 2010

Absolute Vaporware.
They have launched so many of them in the past but none has gone into production. Even this won’t.

Meanwhile, The NotionINK Adam has found investment from Mukesh Ambani (RIL), the richest man in India, the richest man in Asia and the fourth richest in the world.

    Cezaw January 22, 2011

    Hey, It’s released on January 10, so please don’t talk waste and mislead people.

DB July 23, 2010

Surely it’s 2 GB or HDD space? 35 bukeroos is crazy cheap.

Sourish July 23, 2010

thats intersting , lets see how many sells

Larry July 23, 2010

“has a built in keyword”? I think you mean keyboard.

SomeGuy July 23, 2010

What the hell is a linux?

I didn’t see any mention if I’ll be able to download my iphone apps onto it but I think it will.

Jack Lucky July 23, 2010

WOW! Great news. come on India…

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