Tablet makers under pressure from Apple’s iPad may have more to worry about.
India has developed a tablet that costs a whopping $35. It’s called a laptop by India’s Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal who unveiled the device, but it might be best described as a thick tablet with a touch screen. It includes an Internet browser, PDF reader, video conferencing and runs on Linux. It’s flexible enough to add components, said Reuters.
India’s Sibal told a news conference, “We have reached a (developmental) stage that today, the motherboard, its chip, the processing, connectivity, all of them cumulatively cost around $35, including memory, display, everything,” he told a news conference.
The device was developed by research teams at 2 of India’s universities. The aim is to get the cost of the device down to $10. That’s tough to compete with.