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Late last month, India's Ministry of Human Resources Development announced it had developed a $35 tablet PC that it wanted to distribute to university students throughout the subcontinent. Recently, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal appeared on the Indian show "Gadget Guru" to show off the new device to two giddy geeks.

Among the questions they asked Sibal was whether the tablet would only be available to Indians—which One Laptop per Child Founder Nicholas Negroponte strongly discouraged the HRD from doing.

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India may have just introduced a new threat to both the One Laptop Per Child's $100 XO Laptop and Apple's iPad: a $35 touchscreen tablet PC capable of connecting to the Internet, video conferencing, and even drawing solar power. For a country where 600 million of its 1 billion people already own cellphones, this handheld device appears to be the next logical upgrade in connectivity for the world's largest democracy.

According to India's Human Resources Development Minister, Kapil Sibal, who unveiled the tablet today, the primary target for its initial launch is the education sector. Government officials told CNN that it wanted the country's universities fully connected, as part of its education goals, and that this device—the price of which could soon fall as low as $10—could be the key to hitting that target.

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