Featured: Can A $40 Tablet Compete In Today's Market?

Featured: Can A $40 Tablet Compete In Today’s Market?

October 19, 2012 - Written By Mike Stenger

Tablets are one of, it not the fastest growing pieces of tech in history. From virtually zero out in the market prior to 2007, in just five years they’ve grown at an astounding rate to be in almost every single home. Although you have such high end tablets as the Asus Transformer Prime, Nexus 7, and dare I say iPad, there’s also quite a few tablets if you’re on a budget.

One such tablet that’s been making waves especially over in India is the Ubislate 7Ci which is made by a London company that goes by the name of DataWind. What they’ve managed to do is pretty dang impressive: Keep the price under $50 for a 7 inch Android tablet.

In fact, the Ubislate costs just $37 to make and they sell them at a very low markup. So far, DataWind has sold 2.5 million and have just taken on an order of 100,000 for the Indian government who plans to bring them to schools.

Here’s the specs of the Ubislate 7Ci:

  • 7 inch capacitive touch display at 800 x 480
  • 1GHZ Cortex A8 single-core processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage with microSD card support up to 32GB
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • WiFi connectivity
  • Up to 3 hours of battery life
  • Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich

The hardware isn’t half bad for such a low price, but in a market that’s dominated by so many different tablets, can it compete? I think it absolutely can, especially for children. There’s a lot of people out there who don’t have a lot of money to spare, but want a tablet. Sure, it’s easy to say just go out and buy a Nexus 7, but even then upwards of $200 can be out of reach.

With the Ubislate, you get decent performance at a ridiculously low price. Also, it’s a great way to get into owning a tablet. Going back to the point about it being great for children, this also means more schools can afford it in a time when funding is low for many.

Best of all, if the tablet breaks, you’re not out several hundred dollars like you would be with others.

 

Note: You can order one via their website, by the looks of it you go on a waiting list and than they notify you via email when you name comes up on the waiting list.Then you pay for it then! http://www.ubislate.com/