India's Got a Tablet, If You've Got $35
India's government had an ambitious goal of manufacturing and selling an Android tablet for only $35. After six months of delays and disbelief from outsiders, they have done it--sort of. The tablet will actually cost about $50 but the government will subsidize the cost, which will effectively mean they have reached their target. Still, a truly affordable tablet for the masses is an impressive feat.
The tablet, codenamed "Sakshat," will have a seven-inch touchscreen, 32GB memory and apparently 2GB of RAM. There will be WiFi built-in and a USB port, but no word on the processing power of the device. The tablet is being made by a company called HCL Technologies and they say they will have 10,000 units ready-to-ship by the end of the month. In the following four months, they will produce an additional 90,000 tablets. In a country with a population exceeding a billion people they may need to ramp up production levels quite a bit if this tablet is popular.
While the name of the tablet may seem strange to the English world, Sakshat is the Hindi word for capable. And, if this tablet can live up to the Hindi meaning of the name instead of the English one, it will be quite an accomplishment for India.