India unveils Rs 1,500 tablet PC


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Just come across this interesting news. Doubtful about the performance.

Source: India unveils Rs 1,500 tablet PC

New Delhi: India unveiled a Rs 1,500 (around $ 30) tablet PC designed specifically for students.
"If more companies decide to manufacture a similar device, prices will come down automatically," Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said after unveiling the low cost-access-cum computing device here.
The device would be made available to students in 2011.

When the ministry floated the concept of a low cost laptop some years ago, officials said it would cost Rs 500 ($ 10). It will now cost about three times the initial projections.
The ministry expects the prices to drop to Rs 1,000 ($ 20) and reach Rs 500 ($ 10) as innovations are introduced.
The device, no bigger than a conventional laptop, is a single unit system with a touch screen and a built in keyboard along with 2GB RAM, Wi-Fi connectivity, USB port and powered by a 2-watt system to suit poor power supply areas.
"This is real and tangible and we will take it forward. Sun will rise for the Indian students in 2011," he said.
The ministry also invited private players to produce similar low cost computers.
"When we started the project, the response from the private sector was lukewarm. Now many are willing to join the innovation," Sibal said.
The ministry started its efforts by holding discussions on this concept with a group of experts at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Madras and IIT Bombay, a ministry official said.
The low cost tablets will be distributed in institutions by the HRD ministry. The final price will depend on the transportation cost.
"We will give some subsidy on the device. As far as transport is concerned, if the transport cost in less, the government can bear that as well," Sibal added.
 
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Another source:
Indian HR Ministry brings $35 low cost computing device to reality

It says Minimum Functionalities expected:-

Support for video web Conferencing facility
Multimedia content viewer for example .pdf, docx, .ods, adp, .doc, .xls, .jpeg, .gif, .png, .bmp, .odt, .zip, AVCHD, AVI, AC3, etc.
Searchable Pdf reader
Unzip tool for unzipping zip files.
Possibility of installing suitable firmware upgradation.
Computing capabilities such as Open Office , SciLab , cups (for printing support)
Media player capable of playing streamed as well as stored media files.
Internet browsing with flash plug-in, JavaScript, pdf plug-in java.
Wireless communication for Audio/video I/O.
Cloud computing option.
Remote device management capability.
Multimedia input output interface option (for allowing DTV, IPTv, DTH, streaming etc.)
 

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Wi-Fi and support for jpg and jpeg
I am getting one just for surfing this forum.
 
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Yes saw this this news today morning while having breakfast, on some newz channel! But still no date confirmed by the government to actually release in the market for students!!
 
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So you want to plug tata photon and surf the net.
Not really. USB is the basic mode of file and media transfer. Without a USB port, (as well as internet, Card reader and DVD/CD reader) you can't add files or transfer files to/from your PC.
 
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