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Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci: the £30 tablet arrives in the UK

Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci

By Nicole Kobie

Posted on 16 Dec 2013 at 15:00

Datawind has released its £30 tablet in the UK, offering British consumers an updated version of the device created for Indian schools.

The Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci 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 at £30 it's 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's no surprise that the specs aren't impressive. The UbiSlate 7Ci runs a tweaked version of Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) 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.

For comparison, Tesco's Hudl runs a 1.6GHz processor and 1GB of RAM, and features a 1,280 x 720 resolution display. The £80 Nook HD uses a 1.3GHz processor and 1GB of RAM, and features a 1,440 x 900 resolution display.

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.

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User comments

Resolution.

Hi Guys.
Resolution is 800/480 not 800/400 as written.

Cheers.

By wake1976 on 16 Dec 2013

Resolution

Hi Guys.
the Res of this iab is 800/480, not 800/400 as written.

Cheers.

By wake1976 on 16 Dec 2013

Review please?

Any chance you can get hold of one for a review? Would be interested as I'm sure many others would be, especially schools.

Cheers

By ICT_Tower on 16 Dec 2013

What a stupid review!

You take a £30 device and start whining that it's not as good as others costing more than double.

Dor PC Pro actually pay you to write this drivel?

What would have been MUCH more useful would be to tell us what it CAN do. After all, (to stick with the mandatory PC PRO apple reference) people were wetting themselves with excitement when the iphone 3GS came out using the same processor.

I'm pretty sure that this device could be quite useful for anyone who only very rarely needs a tablet so some sensible and constructive reporting could be useful.

By qpw3141 on 16 Dec 2013

.. or use it as a remote...

This would be perfect as an extra low cost handset running Orange Squeeze for my Vortexbox Logitech Media Server system. Especially as I now have a Strawberry Pi rigged up as an extra (also low cost) network player.

By WilliamW on 16 Dec 2013

Lazy writing

You know a mag is on its way out when a daily paper covers technology more accurately and greater detail than a supposedly technical magazine. Look at the same story, but written for the daily mail!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-252
4605/Worlds-cheapest-tablet-UbiSlate-7Ci-costing-j
ust-30-launches-Britain.html

By Phil123456 on 16 Dec 2013

What a stupid comment!

@qpw3141 It's not a review, it's a news item. I'm guessing the review will follow when PCPro gets its mitts on a sample.

By The_Scrote on 16 Dec 2013

@Phil123456

All news pieces on this website are about this length, aren't they? I presume that if and when PCPro review it in full and benchmark it for speed and battery life that you'll return and slag off the Daily Mail for its lack of follow up labs analysis?

By The_Scrote on 16 Dec 2013

Idiots

It's a news story, not a review (or even a preview).

Plenty of lesser magazines and blogs to read if you want a review done by someone that's not used one yet.

By Mark_Thompson on 16 Dec 2013

Will be interesting if it gets on Hot Hardware; will its many inadequacies overcome Nicole's legendary cheapness?

By Mark_Thompson on 16 Dec 2013

I think the NUC is the better bet for HHOTW as the mag has at least reviewed one. I'd like to see the Ubislate on HH when they get one, and I'd love for it to be compared to the Next Tablet :-D

By The_Scrote on 16 Dec 2013

More Idiots The Scrote Mark Thompson

The fact that it's a news item rather than a review is neither here nor there.

The salient point is that rather than tell us news about the device, no matter how condensed, the journo decided, instead, to make stupid comparisons with more expensive products.

Rather like Ford bringing out a new Ka and having it compared with a BMW 5 series.

By qpw3141 on 17 Dec 2013

@qpw3141

There is nothing at the same price to compare against. What would you compare it to if not a more expensive product?

The story gives you: brief history, seller, manufacturer, price, screen size, screen resolution, storage, storage expansion options, ram, processor, OS, alternatives.

What more do you need in a brief news item?!?

By The_Scrote on 17 Dec 2013

Hi qpw3141 - As The_Scrote points out, there's nothing in the same price range to compare it to. I thought it'd be useful for people who don't have tablet specs memorised to see how it compares to what's on the market. It's not intended to be a judgement on the device - we only do that in reviews.

We're hoping to get one in for a review, as it's certainly an intriguing device. And yes, my legendary cheapness is certainly impressed by the price, though there's a lot of very good, very cheap tablets around these days. Cheap enough for even me...

Nicole Kobie,
News and features editor

By Nicole_Kobie on 17 Dec 2013

@qpw3141

Firstly, it's not a review.

Secondly, they don't
whine that it's not as good as others.

Thirdly, did you actually read tha news item because it seems you didn't?

By wake1976 on 17 Dec 2013

@Phil123456

Don't post a link to the Daily 'Hate' Mail. Ever...
:-(

By wake1976 on 17 Dec 2013

@qpw3141 - Are you serious???

Quote from @qpw3141
"More Idiots, The Scrote, Mark Thompson.
The fact that it's a news item rather than a review is neither here nor there."

further quote from @qpw3141
"What a stupid review!"

Yet another (Ridiculous) quote from @qpw3141
"Rather like Ford bringing out a new Ka and having it compared with a BMW 5 series."

Really?
Really really?

Surely you meant to say,
"Rather like a company bringing out a super mini for £600 and having it compared with a the Tata Nano (The next cheapest super mini).

Please, if you cannot contribute with anything of value, let people think you're an idiot by keeping quiet, rather than confirming it for us all.

Peace.
Wake

By wake1976 on 17 Dec 2013

C'mon Boys

Can we keep the discussion away from personal slights and insults?

By jontym123 on 17 Dec 2013

Delivery charge 30%+ !

I've just looked on their website out of curiousity and they are sold out for xmas. I might just get one as I cant imagine its three times worse than the recent batch of £100 tabs. Although the £10 delivery charge is making me think twice !! somewhat dispopritionally duils the £29.99 headline price. It does make you wonder how much they cost to make £5-8 ?

By MiniEggs on 17 Dec 2013

@wake1976

Calm down, son. :D

By qpw3141 on 17 Dec 2013

get one first

So, Ive been living in India from 2009 - 2012. Tried to get hold on one as soon it came out. Placed order and deposit - it just didn't ship. Next version was announced, deposits forwarded to the next version. and so on. I left India, but still no UbiSlate. Deposit still in India. I'm curious if you can get one; and then of course whether it does what the specs promise. Greetings.

By fankrudisch on 18 Dec 2013

get one first

So, Ive been living in India from 2009 - 2012. Tried to get hold on one as soon it came out. Placed order and deposit - it just didn't ship. Next version was announced, deposits forwarded to the next version. and so on. I left India, but still no UbiSlate. Deposit still in India. I'm curious if you can get one; and then of course whether it does what the specs promise. Greetings.

By fankrudisch on 18 Dec 2013

DATAWIND FRAUDULENT DO NOT BUY

PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT ORDER!!!
I HAVE ORDERED 2 OF THESE, AND GOT FAKE EMAILS FROM PAYPAL AS RECIEPT, I HAVE WRANG THE POLICE AND REGISTERED THIS WITH THE FRAUD POLICE. BASICALLY IVE LOST OUT ON £70 NOT ALOT BUT ENOUGH TO BE HAD OF A THIEVING COMPANY. THE TELEPHONE NUMBER DOESNT WORK AND THEY DONT RESPOND TO EMAILS. PLEASE READ THIS AND PASS THIS ON!!!

By DINNY on 18 Dec 2013

@ qpw3141

Fair enough, I get riled easily.

Please accept my apologies.

Wake.

By wake1976 on 18 Dec 2013

I'm intrested

I've never owned a tablet however I would like one.
My uses for it would be very simple. YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, e-mails and that's probably it.
It would only be used when I can't be bothered to get out of bed and so I wouldn't want to spend £80-150 for just that reason.
£30 sounds like a good price to me.

By Sliced on 19 Dec 2013

Avoid!!

Shockingly bad company, they take your money and that's that. You will never receive your item or get your money back. I'm glad I only wasted £40 but tbh I'm really angry to have been scammed at all. I thought they must be a reputable company after getting such good write ups in the media but it's all big con. I'm sure they've made a fortune taking so much money from people with no intention of sending out the products people have paid for or refunding their money.

By Scotty2 on 15 Jan 2014

Avoid!!

Shockingly bad company, they take your money and that's that. You will never receive your item or get your money back. I'm glad I only wasted £40 but tbh I'm really angry to have been scammed at all. I thought they must be a reputable company after getting such good write ups in the media but it's all big con. I'm sure they've made a fortune taking so much money from people with no intention of sending out the products people have paid for or refunding their money.

By Scotty2 on 15 Jan 2014

Avoid!!

Shockingly bad company, they take your money and that's that. You will never receive your item or get your money back. I'm glad I only wasted £40 but tbh I'm really angry to have been scammed at all. I thought they must be a reputable company after getting such good write ups in the media but it's all big con. I'm sure they've made a fortune taking so much money from people with no intention of sending out the products people have paid for or refunding their money.

By Scotty2 on 15 Jan 2014

@scotty2

i have ordered one myself got an email straight away confirming the order after 3 weeks contacted them and they replied promptly saying they are getting in more stock in on the 20th of Jan a week later my tablet arrived

By kev2k09 on 29 Jan 2014

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