Students – what can you get for £23 these days? A fairly subdued night out? Half a concert ticket? Two or three album downloads on iTunes?
Well, over in India for that price students can get a full-blown tablet thanks to the launch today of the British-made Aakash slate in the world's second most populous country.
That price is a subsidised price the Indian government is aiming at offering to students only, but even the ordinary punter should be able to get their hands on some tablet action for $60 (less than £40).
“The rich have access to the digital world, the poor and ordinary have been excluded. Aakash will end that digital divide,” said Kapil Sibal, India's Telecoms and Education Minister, at the tablet's launch today.
The Aakash – which means “sky” in Hindi – is a lightweight touchscreen slate manufactured by a British company and sold at $50 a pop to India's rulers.
An initial run of 100,000 will be given away to students completely free, before the tablet goes on sale properly.
As you'd expect given the cost, it's not likely to be any kind of high-flyer, despite what its name suggests, and an initial batch of 500 given away at the launch yesterday met with decidedly mixed responses.
Given the price, we'd have to wonder what they were expecting?