India to Unveil $10 Laptop

Low-cost computer is part of plan to update nation's colleges
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2009 2:06 PM CST
Intel South Asia, Director Sales, R. Ravichandran, unseen, shows newly launched Intel Centrino 2 processor technology in New Delhi, India, in this Tuesday, July 15, 2008 file photo.   (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, FILE)

(Newser) – India’s government will launch an ultra-cheap laptop computer tomorrow as part of a new initiative to update the nation’s educational system, the Guardian reports. The Sakshat will sell for $10 (500 rupees), a price India hopes will be accessible for most students. The laptop is the centerpiece of a national plan to give college students access to textbooks, class lectures, and homework online.

Each laptop costs about $20 to make, but India’s top education official said the cost is bound to come down “with mass production.” Nonetheless, some tech experts are skeptical: "You cannot even make a computer screen for $20. And India does not build much computer hardware. So where will the savings come from?" asked the director of India’s Netcore Solution.