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World's cheapest tablet to be sold in the UK

By SMorris_LE  |  Posted: December 17, 2013

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Could the world's cheapest tablet change the face of Christmas?

The Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci, costing £30, is the commercial version of the Aakash 2, which the company produced for the Indian government to hand out in universities.

The company claims the UbiSlate 7Ci is the world's cheapest tablet and is a fraction of the price of retailer-branded budget options such as the Tesco Hudl, costing £119 inc VAT, or the discounted Barnes & Noble Nook HD for £80 inc VAT.

It runs a tweaked version of Android 4.0.3 on a 1GHz Cortex A8 chip and 512MB RAM. That's the same chip design as used in the iPhone 3GS, released in 2009, and in the 2010 Samsung Galaxy S.

It also features a 7in display at 800 x 400 resolution, and offers only 4GB of storage - although it does have a microSD slot to expand that by up to 32GB.

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

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

Do you use tablets at home and will they improve or spoil family time at Christmas?

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