India's $35 PC is the Future of Computing

India's $35 PC is the Future of Computing

Jul 23, 2010, 11:47 AM |

India's $35 PC is the Future of Computing

The government of India has unveiled a prototype of a touchscreen, tablet computer which it expects to sell for $35 initially. As more companies migrate server applications and data storage to the cloud, a simple, Web-enabled platform such as this will replace the bloated desktop and laptop hardware architectures in use today.

India has revealed a prototype tablet PC it intends to sell for $35The Indian prototype is impressive--especially at a $35 price point. The device runs on a variation of Linux. It has no internal storage, but it is capable of storing data on a memory card. It has a built in word processor, video conferencing capabilities, and--most importantly for a cloud-based workforce--a Web browser. Oh--it can also run on solar power.

At $35, the Indian tablet is virtually disposable--far exceeding the $100 laptop developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and used in the non-profit One Laptop One Child program. In fact, in many ways the $35 tablet also makes the $500 iPad seem significantly over-priced.

India is courting manufacturers to find a partner to mass-produce the cheap tablet PC and hopes that the economy of scale will allow it to push the price down to $10--a tablet PC for the cost of a couple Starbucks drinks. It is intended for use by students or low-income families, and could be rolled out at some educational institutions as early as next year.

Not much has been revealed about the actual hardware specs of the Indian tablet. We don't yet know what processor it uses, or how much RAM is in the tablet. We don't know what resolution the display is capable of, or the exact size of the screen--although it appears to be a tad smaller than an iPad in pictures.

The iPad has been a tremendous success--selling over three million of the tablets in only 80 days. Despite its consumer media consumption origins, the iPad has also been embraced by corporations and is widely used as a portable computing platform for business professionals.

Businesses that have adopted the iPad, though, might be very interested in a touchscreen, Web-enabled tablet that can enable mobile workers to access cloud-based applications and data for less than 10 percent of the cost of the iPad.

In a cloud-based infrastructure, the device used to connect to and access information does not need the bells and whistles common on desktops and laptops. The tablet becomes a commodity, consuming less power, and delivering significant cost savings.

What businesses need is a simple, cheap device that uses a secure cloud connection to keep data where it belongs and keep workers up and working without the down time of expensive, failure-prone hardware.

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iphoneuser posted Fri Jul 23 09:40:59 PDT 2010   India's $35 tablet could become the world's leader in the tablet industry. Billions of people around the world will snatch this up quickly, while for every person who could afford today's tablets at a price tag of $400 could afford to buy 7 of these $35 touch screen tablets. I could have a couple of these for every room in my home and for each member of the family. This $35 tablet is exciting news to read! ShreyasShah posted Fri Jul 23 10:01:44 PDT 2010   Just saw video...Memory is 2G...If this can do basic word processing, video viewing then $35 is amazing price tag, It will make computing available for millions of people across the world who cannot afford a $100+ computer. bacanflav posted Fri Jul 23 10:04:26 PDT 2010   What businesses use ipads? At $500 a pop an ipad is priced more that what your typical business spends per laptop! Sure a person, in business, might OWN an ipad. But for a company to spend so much on providing ipads would be absurd. No business "uses" ipads. However this $35 tablet is so cheap it might be worth it. itpro5c3 posted Fri Jul 23 10:07:04 PDT 2010   Just hope Apple doesn't get a hold of those $35 tablets - they will put an apple logo, call it "magical" and sell them for $699 to all the fanboys - which would naturally line up a day before outside an Apple store to snatch them... just the way reality is nowadays. CharlesYFarley posted Fri Jul 23 10:07:55 PDT 2010   Wow. This is really cool. I hope they plan to export it to U.S. I could use it with my Clear wireless. KalyanChakrawarthy posted Fri Jul 23 10:31:33 PDT 2010   35$ is after 50% govt subsidy, so the device costs 70$. DimitrisApoOla posted Fri Jul 23 10:54:05 PDT 2010   Do you know where we could buy this one? HerbertHoleman posted Fri Jul 23 10:55:51 PDT 2010   Okay, at $70 it's a super bargain! TimJames posted Fri Jul 23 11:07:16 PDT 2010   @ itpro5c3, Yeah, and Mercedes can slap a logo on a Hyundai and sell it for 10x more. I doubt that apple would put their logo on something that looks that hideous and unrefined. Yet, I would totally buy one because it's only $35. justpassingby posted Fri Jul 23 11:19:42 PDT 2010   I wonder if this $35 computer is based on recycled electronics: I was watching a show on Discovery where people in China and India were making 50-cents a day removing soldered processors and chips from US-originated electronics that were originally meant to be recycled. Apparently they put these used electronics into shipping containers, and then poor people on farms remove the valuable parts. The point is, I can't figure out how $35 can cover manufacturing, engineer