World's Cheapest Tablet hits UK with a £30 price tag
2013 has been the year of the low-cost tablet, with the £120 Tesco Hudl, £100 Argos MyTablet and £80 Aldi Medion Lifetab all going on sale earlier this year. However a new device has gone on sale in the UK this week, claiming to be 'the world’s lowest cost tablet'.
The 7-inch UbiSlate 7Ci tablet from wireless company Datawind is available now for just £29.99. The tablet runs Android 4.0 and is powered by a 1Ghz Cortex A8 processor, (of the same calibre as the original iPad). It contains 512MB of RAM (twice that of the original iPad), and flash memory of 4GB can be supplemented by up to 32GB through its micro-SD card slot.
In addition to embedded Wi-Fi, the UbiSlate 7Ci tablet supports external 3G for mobile broadband data connectivity. The models with cellular connectivity can use a regular SIM to not only make phone calls, but also access the internet anywhere there is mobile phone network coverage.
The UbiSlate range of tablets has already achieved significant success in India, where its sales have reportedly overtaken that of the iPad. The company now hopes to disrupt the UK tablet market by offering a tablet at a price point that even low-income households can afford.
“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,” said Datawind chief executive Suneet Singh Tuli.
"With recent figures showing that in the UK, 29 per cent of the poorest households have no computer and 36 per cent 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 UbiSlate 7Ci is the cheapest in a new line of Datawind tablets, which include the £70 3G data-enabled UbiSlate 7C+ and the £130 UbiSlate 3G7 – a slightly faster tablet with a higher resolution screen and integrated 3G modem. The devices come pre-loaded with apps for education, entertainment, gaming and productivity.
They have won numerous awards, and Datawind’s founders have been recognised by Forbes magazine in its Impact 15 list of social entrepreneurs, set to revolutionise classrooms globally.
According to recent analysis by technology researcher IDC, sales of tablet computers are due to overtake personal computers for the first time at the end of this year.
PC sales have slumped in the last two years as consumers abandon laptops for touchscreen tablets, sales of which have grown exponentially since the release of the iPad in 2010.