'World's cheapest tablet' launches in the UK

Summary:People living in the UK can buy the £30 Android tablet, the Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci, a commercial version of a tablet developed for Indian students.

A device that is claimed to be the world's cheapest touchscreen tablet has gone on sale in the UK.

The £30 ($49) Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci is the commercial version of the Aakash 2 tablet originally produced for students at Indian universities.

The tablet's specs are below those of the average tablet: it runs a custom version of Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) on a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8-based processor, and has 512MB of RAM.

The machine's seven inch display runs at 800 x 480 resolution and the device offers 4GB of storage, which can be increased to 32GB via microSD.

The device is the latest in a line of budget tablets released in the UK, such as the Tesco Hudl , a £119 tablet with a 1.6GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and a 1,280 by 720 display.

Datawind also plans to start selling the next version of the device, the UbiSlate 7C+, which will feature 3G support, for £70 - and is already selling the £130 UbiSlate 3G7.

The UbiSlate tablets are available directly from Datawind's website.

The UbiSlate 7Ci. Image: Datawind


Topics: Mobility


Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic UK. He writes about the technology that IT-decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.

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