Here in the UK, if you want an Android tablet, especially a cheap device, your looking at a minimum of around £100. With the large retail stores offering their own versions such as Tesco’s Hudl and the Argos MyTablet, there is a new company entering the tablet war just in time for Christmas.
The new competitor is Datawind. They hit the headlines a while back for providing India with the Aakash tablet. Dubbed the cheapest tablet in the world, it was commissioned by the Indian government to provide Internet access to its people.
Now they are doing the same here in the UK. Speaking on the launch,DATAWIND CEO, Suneet Singh Tuli said
“The development of the tablet stemmed from the realisation that lack of internet adoption in many parts of the world was primarily because of lack of affordability.Our aim is to bridge the gap by offering cost effective, high specification devices and internet access that offer excellent value to all.”
“With recent figures showing that in the UK, 29% of the poorest households have no computer and 36% no internet, we‟re working to bring affordable technology to the many hundreds of thousands of households excluded from benefiting from the digital revolution.
The basic Ubislate 7Ci is powered by a Cortex A8 1Ghz processor running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with 512MB of RAM and has a multi-touch capable capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 800 x 480. There is 4GB of on board flash storage that can be upgraded up to 32GB by the way of its MicroSD slot. The Ubislate also has a forward facing 0.3MP camera. As with all tablets there is of course built in WiFi.
The more powerful model, the 7C+ incorporates a 2G modem for basic web browsing with the top of the range model, the 3G7, uses a 3G mobile connection. These models also include a free SIM card with a years worth of free internet browsing. Much like the Opera browser, they utilize compression software based server side to compress and accelerate web content from anything between ten and thirty times.
The Ubislate 7Ci retails for £29.99, the 7C+ is £69.99 and the most powerful model, the 3G7 is £129.99. They are only available through Datawind’s own website which can be found here. Unfortunately due to excessive demand, the cheaper Ubislate 7Ci will not ship until after Christmas.