Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tablet for $40

A 7" tablet computer is being purchased for schools in India. It’s multi-touch and has a camera, microphone, and speakers.

It costs $40. The government of India will subsidize 50% of the cost, making it available to students for roughly $20. It's part of the Indian government's commitment to equip all 220 million students in the country with low-cost computing devices and Internet access over the next 5 years.

It’s amazing to see countries leap-frog on technology. While many in India are on par with first-world countries on access to technology, many of their students have not worked with computers much, if at all. Now they will have access to tablets and the Internet. Imagine the opportunity that is opening up for them to learn!

Here's more detail:

The US$40.41 price is the price the Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development gets for their large orders. Individual units sell for US$64 for the model with the resistive screen and US$82 for the model with the capacitive screen (the better glass screen like your smartphone has). Other companies ordering larger quantities are getting prices in the $50 to $60 range. They are taking individual orders from the manufacturer’s website ( in India.

The Aakash 2 tablet has a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of memory (expandable to 32GB with a microSD card), and a 7-inch display 800×480 pixel resolution — not exactly top of the line, but enough to get most tasks done. The tablet runs on Android 4.0. Battery time 4 hours. Micro USB port. WiFi enabled (optional 3G modem).

Here’s a video review of the Aakash 2 tablet (model UbiSlate7ci).

 Read more at Mashable


Joe and Julie said...

I think it is wonderful the technology is available to boost the Lord's work around the world. But a large part of getting this to work in developing countries is to have reliable (if not speedy) internet service as well as an "always-on" power source for recharging the batteries. In the United States we sometimes take it for granted that the Internet works equally well every where in the world. A friend of ours from Ghana recently returned to her native country and took her laptop computer to have access to email and Internet services. She was there for 6 weeks and stayed near Accra (the capital). The power in her compound was only on during the evening hours and was completely turned off after about 10 pm for th rest of the night. When power WAS on, access to the Internet went from not-available to intermittent and very slow. Ghana is one of the more developed West African countries and Accra is one of the more developed cities of the country. Many people in the country have no electrical power whatsoever.

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Anonymous said...

Really cool!!! Thanks for sharing.

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