Sakshat, the $20 laptop from India

Presumably said with a straight face, India unveiled its Sakshat $20 laptop yesterday. What's hard to come by is how the actual laptop will be built as are no known pictures of the laptop published.

The Sakshat laptop, which translates to "before your eyes", will boast 2GB of storage, WiFi, Ethernet and use only 2 watts of power. That is all that is known for now about the cheap laptop but it has many wondering if it is anything more than vaporware.

The idea of a $20 laptop is going to be quite the task and is slated for a release this summer. Many are questioning how this can be done as you can't even acquire an LCD screen for less than $20.00 in India. While it will be a great surprise for this laptop to come in on budget, the populous remains skeptical.

The goal of the laptop is to help spread education as well as promote students to continue on to college. Only 11% of students in India continue on to higher education. The government will not subsidize the laptop either but will pay for 25% of broadband costs to universities.

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All this because some ignorant minister made a comment on a subject he knew nothing about.
Vellore tech is a reputed univ and I don't think they would have misrepresented facts.

From: www.guardian.co.uk

[Government hopes its mini-computer, the world's cheapest, will bridge the digital divide between rich and poor]

But i think it will increase the digital divide between rich and poor.

Faisal Islam said,
but indian ppl say "we will rule USA, US, German, Japan & China in 2050.."

Thats not what the Indian people say..that what imbeciles like u say to make us Indians look bad..lemme guess..ur from Pakistan right? But I wonder what ur doing in front of ur PC right now..isn't it time to go out and butcher some innocents somewhere in the world?

At least India has billionaire... 52 richest men in top 500 are India... lets c how many from pakistan... tada... surprise a BIG ZERO...... 000000000...

may be only if people there spend money to make money and not kill innocents like in taj and all other places in world they too would come in the list...

as for your technology we all know where it comes from.. your big brother chinkuland... get some brains and produce some ingenious stuff except for guns, grenades and cocaine...

Faisal Islam said,
just stay **** off and see what u say: http://itvoir.com/portal/forums/thread-vie...tid=168&mid=322


lolololololololzzzz..u Indian...lolzz

hahahaha ur not even a Paki ur a Bangladeshi LOL..u ungrateful piece of SH*T its for India ur country is known a Bangladesh and not East Pakistan..

And that reference u gave must be also from a forum intended to give India a bad name..why waste time on these BS online propaganda just go do what u do best..join a bin laden funded training camp and go kill innocents and brace urself for the kind of retribution that ur favored Taliban experienced.

prince_niceguy said,
At least India has billionaire... 52 richest men in top 500 are India... lets c how many from pakistan... tada... surprise a BIG ZERO...... 000000000...

may be only if people there spend money to make money and not kill innocents like in taj and all other places in world they too would come in the list...

as for your technology we all know where it comes from.. your big brother chinkuland... get some brains and produce some ingenious stuff except for guns, grenades and cocaine...

Hez not a Paki..hez a Bangladeshi lol..

http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showuser=231415

He ain't worth it..

Well the end-price may vary a bit, but dont be surprised if it happens!

India's Moon mission Chandrayaan cost just $80 million; While Europe's SMART-1 mission cost about $180 million, Japan's Kaguya lunar probe cost $487 million and China's Change-1 cost $180 million!

I think $20 isn't the price of the netbook. $20 is the subsidized price of the netbook after purchasing a contract with a wireless internet provider. Considering my Blackberry Curve retails at $450 and I got it for free with a 2-Year contract, and considering most netbooks cost less than $450, I see this being entirely possible in both India and the United States.

They are probably marketing this netbook to students who need internet access, with the netbook is only capable of using the built-in broadband wireless card and contracted wireless service. Either that, or they are including a massive government-subsidation in the price, with the netbook selling at a major loss and the government eating the difference.

Hmm. I wonder what OS it'll run. Probably some variation of Linux...

Whether or not this thing even exists, well... if it does, I may try to get one. :P

For those of you who haven't really been to India, you will be shocked at how cheap certain items are. But yeah even $20 is a bit too cheap, but it will get done. BTW im not Indian