Indian Budget Tablet to Ship Later This Month; Sakshat Slate will be World’s Cheapest for Around $50

June 15, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The world of tablets has many an awesome member already. While some fall in the high end category, others lure us with some good features and temptingly low price tags. Folks in India now have a new slate gearing up for release, and the most significant about the tablet is the price.


The ultra cheap tablet from Sakshat, announced some time back, would probably come up later this month. However, there seems to be a change in the earlier announced price. It was being said that the device would go on sale for about $35, but the final price will settle around $50.

Well, despite the price variations, it would be the world’s cheapest tablet. It sounds so delectable that such a device has been produced at such low cost.

Well, that amount accounts for 2,200 Indian Rupees. It is learnt that the Indian government has plans to subsidize the device for about 50 percent of its total price. Then the actual price of the tablet would turn out to be $25 (makes it 1,100 Indian Rupees) which is even more less than the earlier said $35.

We are yet to get wind of the final specs the device would come with. From whatever sketchy details we know, the processor could be the 800 Mhz ARM 11 and is expected to be of 7-inches. Also expected are Wi-Fi and 3G support, though these are likely to be offered support externally.

As many as 10,000 units of the tablet are expected to ship in June. This would be send to the state of Rajasthan, while another 90,000 will come by next summer. This budget tab owes its origin to foreign initiatives and appears to be similar to that of the OLPC.

The country is likely to reduce its dependence on foreign IP like what China is trying to do now. Stay tuned for more on that.

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