$20 Laptop ... Fake?

Wednesday, February 04, 2009 Posted by j0e

All eyes are on India now. First, India gave us the world's cheapest car. Now comes the world's most affordable laptop. India's government unveiled the jointly-developed "$20 laptop" dubbed Sakshat. The laptop is slated to ship in six months, with specs of 2GB of storage, WiFi, Ethernet and 2 watts of power consumption.

There's still no published image of the thing, or information about the screen size, RAM or processor. Some folks are also still skeptical as to whether a laptop can really be produced at such a low cost, since most LCDs alone would put it over budget. The laptop itself won't be subsidized, but the government will shoulder 25 percent of the cost of broadband for colleges, and there will be free e-learning textbooks available to students online. It forms part of a broader plan to improve e-learning at more than 18,000 colleges and 400 universities.

The Indian machine would also be considerably cheaper than the "$100 laptop", the lime-green computer known as the Children's Machine or XO that was designed by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US.

Imformation Week, Guardian

Update: It seems that its a fake after all. Read this article.

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