£30 tablet UbiSlate 7Ci on sale in United Kingdom now, for £40 : worldleaks
With UK delivery assuming the price to £39.95, the 7-inch UbiSlate is still a fraction of the cost of even the bargain-tastic £199 Google Nexus 7.
Don’t expect the same performance as a pricier pad though. Sporting a low-resolution 800×480 screen, it runs a 1GHz processor with just 512MB of RAM, alongside 4GB of storage and a microSD card slot. The software is a modified version of Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, but it gets apps from GetJar rather than official Android app store Google Play.
Even, if those specs aren’t enough, you can fork out £70 for a UbiSlate 7C+ with 3G.
British company Datawind handled to pare down the cost of the 7Ci to £30 by building the tablet from low-cost processors, and by making the LCD touchscreen itself. It’s sold with razor-thin profit margin, bolstered by advertising.
Originally launched in 2011 and upgraded in 2012, the tablet was planned for use in schools in poorer areas of India, where it’s called the Aakash. Interestingly enough, Datawind has beaten Samsung and Apple to become the biggest supplier of tablets in India.
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