Datawind Tablet Computers to Sell for $38 U.S.
UbiSlate tablet computers will be sold for $38 in the United States and be available early next year. Datawind, the London-based manufacturer of the UbiSlate tablet recently unveiled the cheap price when they announcement that they will enter the U.S. market.
Datawind has been claiming that their tablet computers outsell Apple Inc.’s iPad in India. They announced entering the United States’ market with offering three models of the UbiSlate tablet that will range from $38 – $149.
Datawind’s mission is to provide the least expensive tablets to low-income communities and schools. Their CEO, Suneet Singh Tuli, said that Datawind would like to reach children that currently have limited internet access or no home connectivity whatsoever. Tuli feels that the inability to afford the internet should not stop poorer people from being able to access it. He feels that Datawind specifically targets customers that currently are not on the internet.
Datawind is able to keep producing and selling their $38 U.S. tablet computer at a much lower production cost than competitors. The company is able to achieve these low production costs by using slightly out-dated hardware and components.
UbiSlate’s 7Ci tablet is their entry-level $38 model. The 7Ci runs off of the Google Android 4.0 OS and is driven by a 1GHz single-core processor. The tablet includes 4GB of internal storage, but up to 32GB can be added using the additional microSD card slots. The 7Ci is capable of an 800×480 pixel resolution on the seven inch screen and the tablet has embedded WiFi. This tablet can be purchased from Datawind’s website and will be made available to U.S. retailers after January’s Consumer Electronics Show.
The UbiSlate 7C+ comes with one year of freeWweb browsing via old Edge networks and sells for $100. Topping the three models is the UbiSlate 3G7 for $149. The 3G7 connects to a 3G network with free unlimited web browsing. The premium version runs off of a dual-core processor running Google Android 4.1 for an OS.
UbiSlate processors are in the same caliber as the first generation iPad and come installed with half a Gigabyte of RAM. Half a GB is twice as much RAM as the original iPad contained.
Datawind devices have won numerous awards and Forbes magazine have recognized the founders of the company for being one of the top 15 social entrepreneurs that are poised to revolutionize global classrooms. The UbiSlate tablet computers ship with pre-loaded apps for productivity, gaming, entertainment and education.
A recent report states that 20 percent of U.S. population is without access to an internet connection. Deeper independent studies have shown that the individual’s inability to afford internet services is the prime reason. With their U.S. launch, Datawind is trying to reach-out to the many millions of Americans that currently can’t afford the internet and provide them with an inexpensive alternative to be connected.
The announcement that Datawind will be selling their inexpensive tablet computers in the United States has some experts saying that the entry-level UbiSlate $38 tablet will shake up the entire U.S. tablet market.
By Brent Matsalla