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5 Feb 2012

Specifications for Punjab’s Govt. Free Laptop Scheme

I am sure you would be aware of the fact that Punjab Government is giving away 100,000 free laptops to top students of the province.
We had covered this story last Monday when the announcement was made, however, we weren’t sure of the laptop specifications then.
Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister of Punjab, today revealed the specification of the laptops on his Facebook page, which are as following:

  • Company: Dell
  • Screen: 14″
  • Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core B950 HM65 chipset
  • Memory: 2 GB of 3DDR –III
  • Hard Disk: 320 GB with super drive.
  • Targus carrying case
  • Extended warranty of 15 months on parts as well as battery
  • And a free Laptop Bag
While having a look at these specs, we anticipate that this would be Dell Latitude E5420 machine. Though one can’t be certain about it.
Even if it’s not Dell Latitude, one can assume that with up-mentioned specifications, laptops will be pretty reasonable for students to fulfill their academic needs, in fact more than reasonable.
Just to add, HotPakNews was able to grab a tender notice inviting the interested to bid for laptop supply for 100,000 machines. Website also published the list of minimum specifications for laptops from the bidders. Minimum Specification was as following:
  • Intel Pentium Dual Core B950 (2.10 GHz or higher, 2MB cache)
  • Mother Board: Intel HM65 chipset or higher
  • Memory 2 GB of DDR-III or higher
  • Hard Disk Drive Min 320 GB SATA Hard Drive or Higher
  • Super Drive CD+/-RW and 8X DVD R or higher, compatible with Microsoft Windows 2000/Xp/2003/Vista/7 and Red Hat Linux.
  • Video/Display Card On-board Graphics Controller
  • Sound Card Standard
  • Network Adapter On-Board 10/100/1000 base-T Ethernet card (Microsoft Windows 2000/Xp/Vista/7, 2003, Red Hat Linux Supportive)
  • LCD Display 14-15″ SXGA TFT Active Matrix Display
  • Integrated I/O Interfaces like 2 USB 2.0 Port. 1 RJ45 Jack for Ethernet, External VGA Port, and 4-1 Card Reader and other standard features
  • Wireless LAN Wireless 802.11abg 54 Mbps or higher, Microsoft Windows 2000/Xp/2003, Red Hat Linux Supportive.
  • Web Cam Built in Web cam
  • Batteries & Power Adopter Li-ion Re-chargeable Battery pack with estimated 2 hours battery life or higher
  • PC Card Slots One Type I or II
  • Mouse & Key Board 84/85 keys pad and integrated Touch Pad/Pointing Device
  • Carrying bag Polyester fabric Soft back pack Carrying bag Government Logo, image and Scheme name shall be screen printed on the front pocket as per the designed Logo
  • Mouse (External) 2.0 USB 2-Button Optical Mouse with Scroll
  • Operating System & Antivirus Pre-Loaded Windows 7 Home Edition & Antivirus with media Kit
  • Customized Bios Customized project logo in Bios
  • Standard accessories Power cable with two/ three pin socket and plug, Interface cable, Power adopter and charger, User manual.
  • Warranty (Certificate from the manufacturer) Minimum1 year comprehensive warranty including battery.

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