Every human being in this world should be connected to the Internet, for free. While it’s still eutopic for the vast majority of people, a company called Datawind made the first step by launching a 7-inch tablet called UbiSlate 7Ci retailing for £30.
Indeed it’s the same company that manufactured the Aakash tablet, launched in 2011, and it was dubbed the “World’s cheapest touch-screen tablet” and aimed at schools and colleges in India. The first version wasn’t well received by critics, but an upgraded version, the Aakash 2, fared better. In addition, mainly due to the partnership with the Indian Government, the Aakash 2 is one of the best-selling tablets in the country.
The founder of DataWinid, Suneet Singh Tuli, spoke to the Wired 2013 October conference stating:
It’s not just about creating low-cost devices, for us it’s about delivering the internet.
The UbiSlate lineup features three models. The base-line one is the 7Ci. It houses a single core Cortex A8 processor clocked at 1.0GHz, 512MB of memory, 4GB of storage expandable up to 32 gigs, VGA camera, Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, 180 minutes of battery and a 7-inch display resolving at 800×480 pixels.
The second one is the 7C + EDGE, which fundamentally has the same specs as 7Ci, but with a 3-hour larger battery and mobile data connection as well, beside Wi-Fi. Oh, it also is a phablet, as the company itself describes it, capable of making phone calls. The 7C + EDGE will set you back £69.99.
The premium model of the UbiSlate line is the 3G7 phablet, packing a dual-core Cortex A7 chip clocked at 1.0GHz, 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage, VGA front camera and 2MPix back-facing sensor, 3G GSM and Android 4.2.2. Screen resolution and the battery is the same as the 7C+EDGE. The 3G7 retails for £129.99. All three tablets feature a micro SD and Mini-USB port.
Moreover, if you opt for either the 7C+EDGE or the 3G7, you will be gridded with a one-year basic browsing package. All three tablets are available on the official website, and they may arrive in the hands of buyers in time for the holiday season.
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