India's $35 tablet production to start in January 2011

Android OS powered $35 tablet is expected to start its production by Jan 2011. Indian govt. is working with HCL Technologies to produce $35 Sakshat tablet

Bangalore: India’s Google Android powered $35 tablet for students is expected to start its production by January. Indian government is working with HCL Technologies to produce the $35 Sakshat tablet, a LiveMint report said.

While the government of India has awarded the manufacturing contract to

HCL Technologies, Indian Institute of Technology Rajasthan will carry out “intensive laboratory and field tests across the country” using the tablets.Indian government first announced the plan to bring a $35 tablet on 23 July, and said it will be made available to university-level students from the second half of next year.

While early indications were that the Indian government was hoping to crank out a million of the tablets, HCL has been contracted to produce just 100,000 at first, with delivery due by January 10, 2011. They’ll be tested in different parts of the country and if they’re up to snuff then the government will acquire a million units to distribute to college and graduate students throughout India.

Tablet will come in three versions of 5, 7, and 9 inches display; however, it looks like government is only planning roll out 7 inch display version first. At launch the tablet is expected to come with a 2GB of internal storage, WiFi, a camera, and USB port. It will also have apps like internet browser, PDF reader, video conferencing facilities, open office, sci-lab, media player, remote device management capability, multimedia input-output interface option, and multiple content viewer.