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Bangladesh Showcases £83 Android-based Doel Laptop

The Bangladeshi Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, has launched one of the cheapest mass produced laptops in the world, the Doel, which will go on sale for 10,000 Taka, that's $130 or around £83.

The laptop will be produced by homegrown telecoms firm Telephone Silpa Sangstha, and four models are expected to be released with the cheapest one having almost the same specifications as a tablet.

The so-called primary model, codenamed 2102, comes with a VIA 8650 CPU and is clocked at 800MHz. There's 512MB RAM, 16GB flash memory, a 10.1-inch 1024x600 LCD panel, a webcam, Wi-Fi, an SD card reader, two USB ports, audio in/out and runs on Android (we're not sure which one) or WIndows CE 6.0.

There's no HDMI, VGA, optical drive or Bluetooth features and the 1800mAh battery, which is less than that of the Motorola Atrix, will power the laptop for a mere two hours.

The country has an ambitious plan called Digital Bangladesh which aims to digitally connect the country, one of the poorest in the world, by the beginning of the next decade.

A tenth of the components that make-up the laptop are produced locally with the Bangladeshi government aiming to boost that to 60 per cent.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.