Piece of plastic with five wires coming out of it? No. That's the Sakshat non-laptop.

Piece of plastic with five wires coming out of it? No. That's the Sakshat non-laptop.

There’s been a lot of press lately about India’s “$10″ laptop. Before many details were available, it was hailed as a great stride forward in systems design and we were all anxious to learn what groundbreaking innovations had enabled a laptop to  be built so cheaply. As more has come out in the open about this laptop, we’ve learned the following facts, which unfortunately point to the “$10 laptop” being a bit of a farce.

1) The $10 laptop does not cost $10. Nor $20. It’s more like $100.

2) The $10 laptop is not really a laptop. More like a wireless storage device.

3) It doesn’t have a display. It needs a PC to connect (what!!??)

4) It doesn’t have a keyboard. And because of #3, no touchscreen either.

5) The not-$10, non-laptop is heavily subsidized by the Indian government, so we don’t even really know whether $100 is the legit price or if its even more.

Liliputing sums it up:

“You know that $10 Sakshat laptop that Indian officials unveiled yesterday? Yeah, it’s not a laptop. I’ve been reading conflicting information about this device for the past few months. Sometimes it’s supposed to cost $10, sometimes $100.”

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