Digital Bangladesh Launches “Doel” Laptops for Schools

Bangladesh State Telecom – Telephone Shilpa Sangstha – has launched a range Bangladesh-made low cost laptop computers running Google’s Android OS for schools and students. The manufacturer aims to build 10,000 of the laptops a month with the first on sale next week. The “Doel” range will feature four different models priced from at Tk 10,000,(£84) to Tk 26,000 (£218). The base model “Primary”, will run Android on a VIA CPU and be equipped with wifi, built-in webcam and a slot for up to 32GB SSD having a similar spec. to a smart-phone or tablet, while the 3 latter models “Basic”, “Standard ” and “Advanced” are described as having  a Linux based operating system and come with Intel Atom processors, 2GB RAM, hard-drives up to 320Gb  and DVD writer.  The units will be assembled by TSS in collaboration with Dhaka-based 2M Corporation and Malaysian company TFT Technology.

doel netbook computerThe laptops were launched yesterday by PM Sheikh Hasina in a ceremony at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka yesterday and it is hoped will help to provide momentum to the government’s 2009 “Digital Bangladesh” initiative to expand the IT and communication sectors in the country.
Following in the steps of projects such as “one laptop per child” she is encouraging the education ministry to introduce the laptop computers and netbooks with pre-installed e-books into schools on a massive scale and for the University in Dhaka to set up an online library saying “Our students at schools should have access to the latest technologies. I want all the students not to go to schools with bags of books on their shoulders, but only with a notebook.”

 

The released specifications for the four models are:


DOEL Primary – Price: Tk 10,000
Model:Doel 2102
Operating System:Google Android
Processor:VIA 8650 800MHz
Display:10.0? LCD
Hard Drive:SD Slot for Max 32 GB
RAM:512 MB
Webcam:0.3 MP
USB:USB 2.0(2 Slot)
WLAN:802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN
LAN:10/100M Ethernet LAN (RJ-45)
 DOEL Basic – Price:Tk 13,500
Model:Doel 0703
Operating System:Linux Based OS
Processor:Intel® ATOM Processor N455 1.66GHz
Chipset:Intel® NM10 Express Chipset
Graphics:Processor:Intel ® GMA 3150 Integrated
Display:10.1?WXGA LED Backlit
Max Resolution:1024 x 600
Hard Drive:HITACHI or TOSHIBA SATA 250 GB HDD
RAM:1GB DDR3
Webcam:1.3 MP
USB:USB 2.0(3 Slot)
WLAN:802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN
LAN:10/100M Ethernet LAN (RJ-45)
DOEL Standard – Price: Tk 22,000
Model:Doel 2603
Operating System:Linux Based OS
Processor:Intel® ATOM Processor N470 1.83GHz
Chipset:Intel® NM10 Express Chipset
Graphics:Processor:Intel ® GMA 3150 Integrated
Display:12.1?WXGA LED Backlit
Max Resolution:1360 x 768
Hard Drive:Hitachi or Toshiba or Samsung SATA 320 GB HDD
RAM:2GB DDR3
Webcam:1.3 MP
USB:USB 2.0(3 Slot)
WLAN:802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN
LAN:10/100M Ethernet LAN (RJ-45)
DOEL Advanced – Price: Tk 26,000
Model:Doel 1612
Operating System:Linux Based OS
Processor:Intel® Pentium P6200 2.13 GHZ
Chipset:Intel® HM55 Express Chipset
Graphics:Processor:Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD
Display:14.0?WXGA LED Backlit
Max Resolution:1366 x 768
Hard Drive:Hitachi or Toshiba or Samsung SATA 320 GB HDD
RAM:2GB DDR3
Optical Drive:Samsung DVD+/-RW
Webcam:1.3 MP
USB:USB 2.0(3 Slot)
WLAN:802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN
LAN:10/100M Ethernet LAN (RJ-45)

 

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