Supercheap Sakshat Android tablet is shipping for US$49

Supercheap Sakshat Android tablet is shipping for US$49
Before you scoff, keep in mind that the Sakshat Android tablet is meant to bring Internet-connected devices into the hands of students that might otherwise not be able to afford them. And at US$49, they seem to have hit the mark.

The Sakshat tablet is a collaboration between the Indian government and their national universities, seeking to unite 25,400 educational institutions on a single e-learning platform. Their initial tablet, unveiled in 2009 for US$10, was a flop. But this unit, which was originally supposed to cost US$35, will finally see the light of mass-produced day.

The first run of 10,000 will arrive at IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Rajasthan in late June. Thereafter, an additional 90,000 more will be distributed. And if the $49 price tag weren't low enough, students only pay US$24.50, as the government subsidizes the other half.

The Sakshat tablet features a 7-inch touchscreen, an unspecified iteration of Android, a front-facing camera, 2 USB ports, 2GB of RAM, a 32GB hard drive, an Ethernet port, and Wi-Fi. We don't expect the device to venture outside of India's borders, but would you be interested if it did?

source: Pluggdin via Electronista

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11 Comments

1. PHug unregistered

I would buy it for my niece (6) and my little cousins (12 & 14) then they could leave my stuff alone.

2. coolpal unregistered

"And if the $49 price tag weren't low enough.." As you have already mentioned in the article about who this is targeted to, you shouldn't have known better that US $49 for this said target audience is probably LOW. Again, I'm not talking about all the crazy teens and 20 somethings in india who don't seem to mind spending upwards of us $600 for smart phones and the like.

3. coolpal unregistered

I meant "you should have known better"

7. jthiagesan

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

what do you mean?

4. smalltank

Posts: 19; Member since: May 26, 2011

worth looking at for sure

5. piyush prakash unregistered

the only problem is the RESESTIVE TOUCHSCREEN.the hardwere seemed Heavy Duty otherwise....

6. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

This could serve as an extra bedside device, for just-before-bed checking of email or social sites, and as a battery-backed alarm clock. I've got a Chumby currently, and use it as an alarm clock (it has a serious camera battery) and to check on a website that I'm responsible for, to make sure it is OK.

8. Synack unregistered

I'd buy a few of these. At $49. Best cheap Christmas present ever. Especially for kids

10. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

even with 32 gb its cheaper than my pendrive...

11. G-Reg unregistered

Damn... They must not make any profit on it.. or just horrible with business tactics. Idk man. There has to be something im missing. Hell, take it up to $75 and factor that extra 25 for marketing costs. Overkill, i know. But these would sell like mad. Put me in the middle of any mall, give me %10 commision, and i wont be able to keep them in stock. WTF

12. G-Reg unregistered

I like how this seems to be more of a computer based tab, than a phone based tab.

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