The $35 laptop?

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The Indian Express is reporting that India's Ministry of Human Resource Development is set to launch a $35 laptop:

Looking as stylish as a large i-phone, this $35 “low-cost computing-cum-access device” is a 5/7/9 inch touchscreen gadget packed with internet browsers, PDF reader, video conferencing facilities, open office, sci-lab, media player, remote device management capability, multimedia input-output interface option, and multiple content viewer.

Of course, we've been let down by big claims like this before (see the $100 laptop that ended up costing ~$200). One of the commenters on the Indian Express article was particularly skeptical:

knowing a similar stunt pulled 1-2 years back, It would be prudent for cheering Indians to note that the actual price may be off by 2 0's on the right of $35.The Govt will also provide heavy lead bricks with it for heat draining and VFM.

Watch a short clip of the launch of the laptop.


Ryan Hahn

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