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Tuesday, 14 June 2011 09:51

India's richest man wants to build a $32 tablet

Written by Nick Farell

Eat your heart out Steve Jobs
While Apple and the Android suppliers are battling it out to see who can make the most expensive keyboardless netbook, an bloke in India has the right idea. Wipro boss, Azim Premji, who is the richest man in India, has announced plans to produce a $32 tablet.

He said he could make one at a fraction of the $640 starting cost of an Apple iPad in India. It will be aimed at India's rural poor and schoolchildren. It is being built at Wipro's Electronic City campus in Bangalore.

Premji thinks he will have a pilot model ready early next year. He said that he is developing nanotechnology and miniaturized components to help drive down power consumption and overall cost.

If it managed to do it, then it really could overturn the tablet market, which is being held up as the cheap and cheerful market refuses to undercut Apple.

More here.

Nick Farell

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-16 #1 milkod2001 2011-06-14 10:26
only if he use cow's sh.t as components 4 that price,
no seriosly why not cheap laptops for 50-60 that might be doable and give them something more usefull than tablets.
+9 #2 chyll2 2011-06-14 10:42
of course, you get what you pay for. but i think your 50-60 laptop which you think is doable will also use cheap components to deliver it to that price
-16 #3 ghelyar 2011-06-14 12:56
A $32 Indian tablet probably either involves chalk or chisels.

Previous schemes to make dirt cheap laptops for developing countries didn't go too well, as far as I know.
+13 #4 kartikkg 2011-06-14 12:58
hmmm,most of the tablet manufacturing costs are near 50 60 $ (not apple or samsung). this will be a collabration bw govt and company to deliver the tablet for educ purposes and govt will provide subsidy for it
-11 #5 johndgr 2011-06-14 13:14
Cheap tablet for "poor and schoolchildren". Can I ask if the employs are going to be "poor and ....." - i can't write the full sentence here.
+3 #6 gozzak 2011-06-14 14:03
Obviously $32 is ridiculous. There is no chance of that. But sub $100 should be easily achievable.
+7 #7 123s 2011-06-14 14:09
Why tablets...
0 #8 Reavenk 2011-06-14 15:20
He should team up with Negroponte.
+4 #9 yourma2000 2011-06-14 15:43
I CALL BULLSHIT AGAIN! I say again because the indian government announced a few years ago that it was releasing a $10 educational laptop, turned out to be just a USB drive with a tiny screen the size of postage stamp
+2 #10 Haberlandt 2011-06-14 16:35
A cheap netbook would be a way better idea.

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