Two cameras, 6 hours of battery backup, 3G and Wi-Fi support- these will be the special features of the HP laptops the Uttar Pradesh Government will distribute to students in the state.
Hewlett-Packard India Pvt. Ltd. (HP) has bagged the order for 150,000 laptops for students, which the Uttar Pradesh (UP) government will buy. Each of these laptops are expected to cost about Rs. 19,000. And with this move the ambitious election promise made by the Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister, UP will come true.
According to the requirements outlined by the State Government, this laptop will have a 14 inch display with a display resolution of 1024 by 768 pixels or higher and 2 GB of internal memory. The hard disk will be of 500 GB capacity to store all the study material of the student. The laptop will three languages- Hindi, English and Urdu. It will offer Wi-Fi facility within an area of 145 meters. It will have a 3 megapixel camera front camera and 2 megapixel back camera. The laptop will have a minimum of 3 USB ports, a port for the microphone jack, 1 VGA, 1, 1 headphone or speaker out port apart from the AC power slot. It will also have a DVD Read and Write optical drive.
The company also needs to offer 1 years free service to students for technical problems in the laptop. For this the company, HP will be required to open district level support centers in the State. There will be audio and video recording facility in the laptop and for the protection of the keyboard the company will offer a leather casing separately.
The Samajwadi Party (SP) Government in the State has been planning to distribute free laptops to every student who passes Class 12 and free tablets to student who clear Class 10 board examination. In the first tender released by the UP Electronics Corporation, there was no company bidding for the tender. The government simplified the process and released the tender again. This time four companies tried their fate for the Rs 2,858 crore.