Datawind Launches a $38 Android Tablet in the US
The UbiSlate 7Ci attempts to answer the question: How cheap is too cheap?
This 7″ tablet costs a mere $37.99 when bought from Datawind (plus $9.99 shipping), giving it a price about $4 or $5 less than the $50 tablet that Chris posted about on Teleread yesterday. I wouldn’t expect to be amazed by the performance, build quality, or components. The 7Ci runs Android 4.0 ICS on a single-core 1GHz CPU with 512MB RAM, a VGA webcam, Wifi, almost no storage, and (most importantly) no Google Play access.
Its 7″ screen has a resolution of 800 x 480, far below what you should look for on any decent quality budget tablet. This tablet also has a microSD card slot, which is a good thing given that much of the 4GB of internal storage is taken up by the Android OS firmware.
And worst of all, this tablet lacks Google Play. That’s going to make it harder for users to get apps and content (but not impossible). On the other hand, perhaps not having Google play won’t matter much; this tablet is underpowered by today’s standards so it probably can’t run most apps.
This tablet is truly going to be a stinker by the standards of 2013, but what else would you expect from the price?