Indian startup readying to unveil a $50 Tablet, quick on the heals of Govt’s $35 Tablet

Looks like Indian market is going to see a lot of low-cost Tablet PC’s! A few weeks back Indian HRD Minister announced a $35 Tablet which they are planning to launch in 2011; but the $35 price tag is for restricted for students & educational institutions only.

Now a Bangalore based company has built a prototype of Tablet PC codenamed “STAMP” running Linux O.S and the Android O.S which they claim will cost $50, again a cheap Tablet PC as compared with the other options currently available in the market like the OlivePad which costs around $550.

Founder of Allgo Embedded System, K. Srinivasan. said “We have developed the prototype for which the material costs are $35 and are currently in talks with manufacturers,” he said. “If we make 10,000 units, it will cost about $50. If we make a lakh units, it can be priced around $45 and costs can be as low as $ 40 if a million units are manufactured”.

Highlights of Android on STAMP:

  • Android 2.1 (Eclair) ported on i.MX233 STAMP platform
  • Port available on Freescale i.MX233 EVK also
  • Support for upto WVGA  LCD
  • Touchscreen / keypad support
  • Audio playback from internal flash memory and
  • SD-card
  • MPEG-4 / H.264 Video playback
  • Android USB gadget (Mass storage) support
  • SDIO based WiFi connectivity
  • Web browsing over WiFi network
  • Boot from NAND or SD-card.

Highlights of Linux on STAMP:

  • Freescale i.MX233 ARM9 CPU 450 MHz
  • Low cost BOM optimized design
  • Linux OS & BSP supported by AllGo
  • Display: Upto 800×480, with touch screen
  • HMI: QT and GTK support
  • Connectivity: SDIO WiFi / USB WiFi/ Ethernet
  • UART ports to interface to ZigBee module
  • Battery or mains powered, Support for battery charging
  • Available as Dev Kit.

This Tablet was showcased by Allgo Embedded System, at the Freescale Technology Forum in Orlando last month. It has a 7 inch and can be used run basic applications, browse the internet, play audio and videos and has wireless capabilities too.

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Lee Whittington is a Tech Reporter and a Developer with the TWC Team. He has been writing for TWCN for several years and has also developed several freeware apps for The Windows Club, most of which have been very popular worldwide.