Datawind has announced a line of tablets and phabets — some with voice capabilities — starting as low as $38. The line of low cost devices are from UbiSlate, which has met success in India, and now plans to make its way into the American market.
The UbiSlate tablets have surpassed sales of the iPad in India, and the company has been commended for its efforts to institute affordable tablet devices in classrooms around the world. Datawind CEP, Suneet Singh Tuli, states “Our aim is to bridge the gap by offering cost-effective, high-specification devices and internet-access that offer excellent value to all.” The company hopes to bridge the gap between affordability, accessibility, and connectivity for the one-fifth of the U.S. population it cites as not having access to the Internet.
The company’s line of 7-inch Android devices include the UbiSlate 7Ci, UbiSlate 7C+, and the UbiSlate 3G7. These have capacitive screens and come pre-loaded with some apps for education, productivity, and entertainent.
The $38 UbiSlate 7Ci features an 800 x 480 display, Android 4.0, a 1Ghz Cortex A8 processor, 512MB of RAM, Wi-Fi, a front-facing VGA camera, and 4GB of memory that is expandable with up to 32GB with a microSD card.
The UbiSlate 7C+ shares the same specs but also includes GSM-EDGE connectivity and a price tag of $100, which includes 1 year of basic web browsing.
The UbiSlate 3G7 phablet is the highest priced model, at $150. It has a 1024 x 600 screen, and runs Android 4.1 and includes 3G connectivity, a 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex A7 processor, and a rear-facing 2-megapixel camera. The tablet boasts Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity, a USB 2.0 port, a resolution of about 170 ppi, and a battery life of around 3 hours.
The UbiSlate 7C+ and 3G7 are compatible with a standard SIM card, giving users the capability to make voice calls and access the Internet wherever there is a mobile network available. Each device comes standard with a SIM card from Red Pocket Mobile, and includes a year of unlimited web browsing without the need for a mobile contract. To help increase browsing speeds, Datawind included its own service, which according to the company, “compresses and accelerates web content by factors of 10x to 30x.”