The world’s cheapest laptop, Sakshat or $35 tablet is comimg soon in Indian market with the price tag of Rs. 2200 or $49. This device was announced in July last year that it may be launched in January 2011 but after facing many difficulties, it will be released by this month, as per Indian government. 1 million units of Sakshat have been produced by HCL. The cost of Sakshat will be subsidized by 50% for students, so this device will be available at only Rs. 1,100 for student.
Sakshat is a multi-trait power packed laptop. It has been packed in a sturdy rubberized body and contains a 7’’ resistive touch screen with resolution of 800×480. Sakshat laptop is featured with Zip-Unzip feature, SciLab, multimedia content, PDF Reader, OpenOffice and a browser for social networking websites like Facebook and Myspace but it is not confirmed that it can be used as a gaming device or not. Usually, resistive touch screens respond slowly.
Sakshat laptop is powered by Google’s Android operating system. It runs on Linux, an ‘Open Source Software’ (OSS), by which its price is dramatically decreased. 2 GB RAM and WiFi capability are also featured in it for videos streaming and viewing online lectures perfectly. Sakshat laptop does not contain internal hard disk and also users need an external memory card to use this similar to a camera or a mobile phone. Users can also connect a maximum of 32 GB external memory hard disk to it.
Sakshat device also comes with all pertinent applications that run faultlessly in a Linux platform such as Multimedia Player, Open Office, SciLab for printing utilities, video-web conferencing facilities, a searchable PDF reader, and unzip tools. It is powered by a 2-watt battery that is suitable in those areas, where power supply is low. So the battery performance is good of this laptop. This device may include a solar panel to charge the battery.
The full specification of Sakshat laptop is not released yet so it is unclear that which thing are included in it and which are not. It is expected that it is also featured with a 800 Mhz ARM 11 processor, with 2 gig of ROM and 256 MB of RAM, and it comes with all the usual Bluetooth’s and Wi-Fi’s with “external 3G support”. Battery life of Sakshat device is about 6 hours.
Features of Sakshat:
- It is enabled with a touch screen
- Video web conferencing facility
- Computing capabilities such as Open Office, SciLab
- Linux system is programmable in this laptop
- Multimedia content viewer for example pdf, jpeg, zip, etc.
- An in-built keyboard is attached with this laptop
- The laptop can store the data of up to 2 GB memory (RAM memory)
Specifications of Sakshat:
- Display: TouchScreen
- Keyboard: Built in
- Power: 2 watt
- RAM: 2GB
- Operating System: Linux
- Connectivity: Wifi, USB
- It has a keyboard which is in-built
- It has single unit system which has a touch screen
- It is operated by a 2 watt system so that it can even perform in areas where power supply is low
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