If you thought Android tablet prices in the US have hit the lowest it can get just because some manufacturers are selling theirs for under $100, you may be surprised to know that there are cheaper tablets coming next year and they will be selling retailing for less than India’s Aakash 2 $40 tablet for school kids. DataWind, a company that made the UbiSlate 7+ tablet if you heard of it, has announced that it is heading to the western world, starting with UK and later to the US with 3 new commercial tablets that are variants of the UbiSlate.
The UbiSlate 7Ci, 7C+ and the 7Cz tablets remind us of a different tablet that passed through FCC earlier this year called 3G7 and it boasted of a 7 inch screen, a 2 megapixels camera and a tri-band HSPA radio – specs that match those of the 7Cz. DataWind made the announcement when it released the £30 Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci tablet in the UK and indicated that this, and the other 2 versions of the tablet – 7C+ and 7Cz – will also come the US market.
Don’t get too excited about the price though, because the specs of these tablets are what $38 would get you. The UbiSlate 7Ci runs on a customized version of Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich (yes, that old), and a 1 GHz processor complemented by 512MB RAM – almost the same specs as Samsung’s Galaxy S smartphone was released back in 2010.
The specs of these tables are anything but impressive, but its predecessor, the UbiSlate, was built to compete with Nexus 7 in specs but considering that the manufacturer mainly targets schools or educational institutions, budget is a greater concern than specs. Other specs of ‘The world’s cheapest tablet’ include a 7 inch WVGA 800 x 480 pixels display and a 4GB internal memory with a microSD card slot to expand up to 32GB.
DataWind has indicated that the UbiSlate 7Ci, identified as the consumer version of the Aakash tablet, will start selling at $38 but the company did not release any specifics about the tablet, especially regarding where or when it will be made available. The other two tablets, the 7Ci and 7C+ have different specs with the 7C+ featuring 3G support and will sell for £70 in the UK (probably around $80 or $90 when it lands in the US).
What do you think of these cheap tablets? Do they have a place in the US market?