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DataWind reveals two new cheap tablets for India

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 06 May 2012 20:14 User comments (3)

DataWind reveals two new cheap tablets for India DataWind, the company behind the $35 Aakash tablet for the Indian market, has introduced two new "UbiSlate" tablets for the nation.
The UbiSlate 7+ and UbiSlate 7C are both considered "premium" devices compared to the Aakash although that word is hardly fitting when compared to American and European tablets that have been released in the last two years.

DataWind's 7+ has a 7-inch, 800 x 480 pixel resistive touchcscreen display with 2GB of internal storage, while the 7c has a capacitive touchscreen display and 4GB of internal storage.

Each tablet is run by a 800MHz single-core processor and 256MB of RAM. There are no cameras or mics, but there are USB and microUSB ports.

Both tablets run on Android 2.2 Froyo, have 2.5G cell modems and have small 3200mAh batteries. The tablets will cost less than $75 and 2GB of data bandwidth costs just $2 per month.

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3 user comments

17.5.2012 11:59

OK, you can say premium, but that's in relation to those tablets in India. Plus, being smarmy & comparing them to European/American tablets of the same 'premium' moniker & still throw a $75 price tag on it? Now who's smoking dope?

I don't think there's been Android anything released outside India under the $150 mark. And NO, Raspberry Pi doesn't cut it either. You still have to get a keyboard/mouse - SD card - power supply - monitor - AFTER the initial $35 expenditure. IF the device costs that much, given your geographical local.

I'm glad these folks have a way of getting folks involved in computer technology. This is a great, economical way of doing it & shows that greed doesn't always have to drown everybody out.


28.5.2012 11:14
Siddy1
Unverified new user

this is great for a developing country like india. affordability is the greatest detterent to spread of quality education and technology. datawind has helped overcome that

39.5.2012 16:42

I dunno...I got a cheap Android 2.3 tablet from Geeks.com for $89 last Christmas with the exact same sounding specs as the 7c from this article. It's not very zippy, but it's interesting to play with. Dunno about this Indian one, but mine you could hook a monitor up via HDMI and a usb keyboard/mouse to it and have a little web browsing/email terminal (tested).

My biggest disappointment is no bluetooth (for bluetooth headphones mainly) and the speaker is on the back so sound quality is crap unless you plug in some headphones. I learned that bluetooth is a necessity for me heh.

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