You've got to hand it to India. It's time for the sceptics to shut up and head for the queue, cash in hand.
Ever since the one child one laptop, OLPC-F, it was obvious that a $100(targeted) laptop would'nt be feasible in the blossoming Indian economy. It had to very cost effective, so the logic be to produce it in an economy that thrived in that lower cost of living situation. Raw materials, manufacturing, labour - India has all of that in spades and has come a full 180 degrees compared to what it was 30 years ago. It's no secret that the best IT brains are from India. We always thought that the best manufacturing people were China - looks like things are changing. A 2000 dollar car, a 35 dollar laptop- what next? Here's the official release video in Delhi.
As you can see, it's a lovely device that's up to date, fully functional with audio/video out, usb, long battery life - as good as a product costing much more.
And it runs Android! The final operating has not been decided yet, but it's clear that it's comparable to anything at ten times the price.
We'll be closely following the development of this device and others like it.
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