We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

$10 laptop to be announced today

India plans to undercut OLPC's XO laptop

India looks set to announce a low-cost laptop today which could be as cheap as 500 rupees ($10), according to the Times of India.

That's one-tenth the price of the so-called $100 laptops Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child Project is aiming for. Laptops built by OLPC, which currently cost twice as much as the $100 target, are seen as too expensive by the Indian government. The cost is not quite down to $10 yet, but Indian officials say once large-scale production begin, it will be.

OLPC XO laptop review

The '$10 laptop' - which will have 2GB RAM, Wi-Fi capabilities and will run on 2W of power - has been under development for several years. Several groups have been working on the project, including students at Vellore Institute of Technology, scientists in Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and IIT-Madras.

"At this stage, the price is working out to be $20 but with mass production it is bound to come down," Higher Education Secretary R P Agarwal told The Times.

The laptop is part of a government project called the National Mission on Education.


IDG UK Sites

Best Christmas 2014 UK tech deals, Boxing Day 2014 UK tech deals & January sales 2015 UK tech...

IDG UK Sites

LED vs Halogen: Why now could be the right time to invest in LED bulbs

IDG UK Sites

Christmas' best ads: See great festive spots studios have created to promote themselves and clients

IDG UK Sites

Why Apple shouldn't be blamed for exploitation in China and Indonesia