India Unveils World’s Cheapest $10 Laptop

By Posted 2009 Updated   ComputersGadgetsIndia

India has developed and released the world’s cheapest laptop today which will cost merely around $10 to $20 (Rs 500 to Rs 1,000) and is much cheaper than any other notebook available in the world.

Rediff news reports that the world cheapest laptop was unveiled by Union Minister for Human Resources Development Arjun Singh at the Tirupati temple on Tuesday evening. The laptop, jointly developed by University Grants Commission, Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, will be priced at around $10 to $20 (about Rs 500 to Rs 1,000). They say the laptop is expected to reach the market in about six months.

Information week reveals that The Sakshat model scheduled for display in the city of Tirupati Tuesday has 2 GB of memory, which is expandable. It has Wi-Fi and fixed Ethernet capability and will consume just 2 watts of power.

The high cost of laptops and computer has blocked the spread to computers to the large rural community and student population in India. This is India’s answer to the OLPC’s low cost XO laptops priced much over $100, but sold worldwide through an aggressive marketing campaign. This $10 laptop once available in the market will revolutionize the way the world uses laptops.

10dollar laptopUpdate: More conflicting Indian press reports are indicating that the $10 laptop might not be a laptop at all, and the price may be higher at $30. Times of India reports

The so-called laptop actually turned out to be a storage device containing megabytes of data info which can be accessed by a user by connecting this device to a laptop. It meant that unlike the internet, this device can display that information that has already been stored.

The Hindu newspaper says

The 10 long and 5 wide hand-held device, resembling a palmtop or a modem, helps e-learners access the Web easily. Priced versions of e-content available on the Net can be accessed through this device. The cost of the device shot up to between $20 and $30 against the initial plan to peg it at $10, forcing the department to resort to a cost-cutting exercise.


24 comments on “India Unveils World’s Cheapest $10 Laptop

  1. Sarbjit Singh says:

    This will be a dream come true for students in India. I hope that this step will boost computer penetration as well as internet access ration in India. We need to make things affordable for masses.

    Cheers India!!

  2. Pratik says:

    Has anyone seen this laptop? There’s lots of speculation floating around. I would like to know more details on the specs.
    Thanks :)

  3. benjamin says:

    $10 Laptop is a Storage Device

  4. Edgardo I. Cabural says:

    Congratulations for your great contributions to the world of information technology. More power and I too, felt blessed by your accomplishment.

  5. david says:

    that’s great news, considering they keep upgrading current laptops to keep the price up and this is cheaper than any second hand laptop available.

  6. Rick says:

    This is pretty amazing to say the least.

  7. qarla says:

    omg! so cheap! i want to experience using that laptop!

  8. Anoop says:

    How come its possible ..in 500 you wont even get original charger of laptop..

  9. ammzz says:

    when will this product hit the market…pls keep me updated regarding this issue.

    cheers….

  10. Chetan says:

    Its not possible in India to provide a laptop for only $10. I cannt believe this.

  11. sherif azzam says:

    Congratulations, i hope it will be a real notebook,with all specs which we need.
    kindly for new news about this issue ,please send to me at the mentioned e mail.

    regards
    sherif azzam
    metra computer
    Egypt

  12. shakti says:

    This is so great. But I want to know that how can we get this and from where’s we can buy this.

  13. crazy man says:

    this is CRAZY it is probably just a scam

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  15. Roshan says:

    So amazing! How cheap laptop they have made? I want to use that laptop. Where can i purchase it?

    • sanjay says:

      So amazing! How cheap laptop they have made? I want to use that laptop. Where can i purchase it?

  16. dave says:

    Informative blog, not like the others!

  17. Rus-women.com says:

    This is pretty amazing to say the least.

  18. novias rusas says:

    I cannt believe this. Has anyone seen this laptop?

  19. v j nair says:

    its not true ,a bag cost more than this

  20. Albert Haub says:

    I’d come to acquiesce with you one this subject. Which is not something I typically do! I enjoy reading a post that will make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to speak my mind!

  21. Christine says:

    I would like to test it..

  22. Arie says:

    When this laptop will be launch……..!!!

  23. Adegoke says:

    please i want tom buy your laptop by all means iam from nigeria my number is 08032241254 please call me if i can get your product or not thanks.

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