Rs 500 laptop announced by Indian govt. – that’s just $ 10 for a little computer!

Sunday, February 1, 2009, 11:10 by Tech Correspondent

A computer costing $10 sounds unbelievable. However it gets more unbelievable to know that the computer will be available in India in 6 months’ time. The government of India is all set to launch a Rs 500 laptop in India.

Some of us would remember – India had said a firm to the $ 100 laptop from the OLPC program. Now it sort of begins to make sense.

To cater to the needs of the immensely growing numbers of students in schools and colleges opting to make a career in the computer world, this step taken by the Indian government is attracting accolades all over the country. The government aims to bring the computer literacy to masses across India ranging
from households to schools and colleges.

Then there is the fact that no one has actually seen this new Rs 500 laptop, nor tested it and put forth an opinion on how useful it really is. That would come in due course, but till then we have to be satisfied with the few details we have about the $ 10 computer.

The technology for the $ 10 laptop was jointly developed by IIT Madras, IISC and Vellore Institute of technology. This ultra cheap laptop is well-equipped with features such as a 2 GB of memory,  Wi-Fi, fixed Ethernet, expandable memory, and will consume just 2 watts of power.

The Rs 500 laptop will be unveiled at Tirupati, Tamil Nadu at the Indian government’s launch of the National Mission on Education through Information and Technology. Though the government’s plan to provide the laptop at subsidized rates to educational institutes is still on the fence but Higher Education Secretary, Ministry of HRD,  R P Agrawal was optimistic regarding the project.”A lot of testing has to be done to ensure that the technology  works properly. Once the testing is over, the computers will be made available on commercial basis. The target is to make it available in six months time,” he said

There has been no announcement as to which operating system will be used by the $ 10 laptop; but there are indications that it will be a simple Linux-based OS with a GUI, like Eee PC. Some time back, MIT-developed nonprofit One Laptop per Child program was doing rounds in India. However, the OLPC devices at a cost of $ 100 each was being considered expensive in the Indian market. Some consider this $10 laptop to be a reply to the MIT-developed nonprofit OLPC program.

If India sticks to the plans laid out by the government for the laptop, students will be able to get an e-content feed, and load them in their computers and take advantages of the materials. Government is looking for agencies to collaborate with for the production of these computers. Does it mean that the e-content would be the only information that can be used in the laptop? In that case, that would make its use extremely limited. But having an OS and pretty good connectivity options, it is likely that the computers would be able to connect to and browse the Net, though desktop software use would be extremely limited with the $ 10 laptop.

Reports are coming in that India’s education ministry has made deals with four publishers namely Macmillan,Tata McGraw Hill,Prentice-Hall and Vikas publishing to provide digital textbooks and content on the spectacular $10 laptops.

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  1. venkatesh said on Tuesday, February 3, 2009, 12:03

    hello sir,
    i am very happy to see this artical and i also like to see the features of the computer that the indian govt is going to provide. it will be better if u show the picture of the laptop.

  2. venkatesh said on Tuesday, February 3, 2009, 12:10

    can u tell whether it can be used for developing softwares? or practese our programs such as c,c++,java,perl etc? i meen ,does it saport all compilers to run on it?

  3. LAKSHMAN (LKC) said on Wednesday, February 4, 2009, 11:41

    i am very happy to listen this news. also i want to see the image and want to know the features of that laptop .

  4. love said on Friday, February 6, 2009, 10:38

    i want to buy 10$ laptop as fast as possiable

  5. sunny said on Tuesday, February 10, 2009, 6:42

    This is excellent job by our technologist`s.This proves that india is the best & will be ever best in this field.This will help to people know more about computer. Now, everything will become computerised. Can you tell me the memory of this laptop.

  6. Sadhan said on Friday, March 6, 2009, 9:35

    I want this Laptop as soon as possible.Can u tell me when I get this Laptop?

  7. siddhant said on Sunday, March 15, 2009, 10:01

    when is it realising and where?

  8. ravi said on Saturday, March 28, 2009, 9:06

    hello i want to see the features of this laptop,and how can i buy it as quickly as possible,i am in rajasthan

  9. vivek said on Saturday, May 2, 2009, 9:54

    idea s great! i cld get a lappy with my pocket money! and make best use of it!

  10. Aseyie said on Monday, July 6, 2009, 7:12

    Hello Sir, i relly would liketo have this one as soon as possible and could you please give its features and everything how does it look like i would really like to have a glimps of it an image of it would be great!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Debdas Ghosh said on Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 8:27

    Sir, I want to buy this laptop as early as possible. please send me the necessary details and the image and features of this laptop. Where should I go to buy this product? I live in Kolkata, Which is the selling center of this laptop? please send me the address and the details. My contact number is +91,9804385761.

  12. prakash kumar said on Thursday, September 3, 2009, 11:42

    sir,i am student of mechanical engg. in govt polytechnic dehradun.
    i really need this laptop so please tell me how can i by this laptop.
    i live in DEHRADUN.
    MY MOBILE NUMBER IS 9897988351&9808153716

  13. sunil said on Sunday, November 15, 2009, 7:01


    when is it realising and where?

    i am student of mechanical engg. in govt polytechnic dehradun.
    i really need this laptop so please tell me how can i by this laptop.
    i live in Lucknow………………………………..

  14. pradeesh said on Monday, November 23, 2009, 9:54


    Realy surprising but it should not be like toys. Rate can be increased to double or trible, the usage is should be for an higher education’s. proud to “indian”

  15. GOvindappa raja said on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 8:35

    Dear sir,

    Its great Idea who had cooked We will be the a ultimate happiest person on earth, All our nation is waiting for the devolopments we made Today to announce such lappy,
    All our nation will be proud

  16. suresh.m said on Monday, September 20, 2010, 10:14

    i welcome i would like to buy it .please inform me when the development gets over

  17. Tathagat said on Monday, November 29, 2010, 17:34

    its a shame for india that they have shared almost cheated technology from china tech-submit and selling the $100 for $30 putting it under IITs forget these clever schemes of the government. they have already imported android powered tablets frm china but they are putting software regulations and restriction softwares to keep too much frm indians .they are just tampering with origanal database of android scripts. new lauch date for these laptops is between march 2011 to october 2011

  18. PRASHANTH DESAI said on Sunday, December 26, 2010, 5:56

    I would like to thankful to ‘INDIA’ this is great thought & decition taken by government to improve knowledge of students.I think INDIA is the best leading country in the world.’BEST OF LUCK’

  19. M Sanjitkumar singh said on Thursday, March 31, 2011, 6:14

    Please send to me details about Rs.500 ultra laptop

  20. M Sanjitkumar singh said on Thursday, March 31, 2011, 6:17

    A cheapest rate of laptop in INDIA, It is an encouraging of future IT

  21. M. S. Khuman said on Thursday, March 31, 2011, 10:31

    I love that techonology and cheapest price.
    It must be also a world class . I know India can performed the production of super computer (PARAM series). How to buy this laptop? Please Instruct to me for buying $10/Rs.500 laptop computer. All the best.

  22. Dr. Naorem Sharat Singh said on Thursday, March 31, 2011, 10:37

    i welcome .please inform me when the development gets over. i would like to buy it as early as possible. i am in manipur north east india. thanks