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.”