Ultra-cheap UbiSlate 7Ci arrives in the U.S. for $37.99, priced £30 in the UK

December 16, 2013
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The Aakash 2 was officially unveiled back in late-2012 with a price tag of just $22. The catch was that the device was only available in India and had such a low price point thanks to government subsidization, with the tablet being aimed at students.

A little over a year later, the Aakash 2 is now making its way to the UK and U.S. markets under the name UbiSlate 7Ci. Even more intriguing is that it’s price tag is just $37.99 in the US, and £30 in the UK.

As you can imagine, a sub-$50 tablet isn’t exactly going to blow anyone away when it comes to hardware specs. The 7Ci is powered by a 1GHz Cortex A7 CPU with just 512MB of RAM. The 7-inch display has a resolution of only 800×480, and there’s just 4GB of storage space. On the bright side, there is microSD for memory expansion.

Ultimately, you’re always better off spending more on an Android device, but it’s still great to see that there are options out there for all budgets.

There’s also Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich on board, which is a step up from the Gingerbread that originally came with Datawind’s Aakash tablets.

We know what you’re thinking: why would anyone buy this?

For not even $100 more you can find much more capable devices like the Hisense Sero 7 Pro, which will provide a considerably better Android experience. Of course not everyone can afford to spare $100 – $200 for a consumption device, and that’s who the UbiSlate 7Ci is aimed at.

As a very basic e-reader and web browser, the 7Ci should still be able to get the job done, even if you have to put up with some occasional lag along the way. The tablet could also be good for very young children or those that only plan on using the device on rare occasions only — such as traveling. At sub-$50, the UbiSlate 7Ci might even prove to be a fun toy for those that want to tinker around without worrying about breaking it.

Ultimately, you’re always better off spending more on an Android device, but it’s still great to see that there are options out there for all budgets. What do you think, can you think of any situations where the UbiSlate 7Ci would be worth picking up?

Comments

  • Bilal Mahmood

    *4GB of RAM WTF you mean ROM dony you

  • sammidam

    This is BAD for the Android market. We’ve just got a tonne of – excuse my french – SHIT products entering the market which will probably never be updated and have no support.

    • A Googler

      this was originally designed for the Indian market to allow extremely poor people to get online for whatever reason and now some bright spark has decided to sell it here , cant think what for.

  • Ryan Castle

    $37 and 4GB of RAM? Must be very good for multitasking.

  • Elad Huttner

    He wrote 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage space

  • Shark Bait

    I’m sure its terrible, might make a colourful coaster though!

  • Abdel Aziz Farhi

    Here we have a 100$ tablet that is relatively cheap and it has quiet good specs :

    Its one of a series of tablets/smart phones made by an Algerian electronics company called Condor

    Description
    Valeur CPU Quad core 1.6 Ghz
    RAM 2 Go
    Memoire interne 32 Go
    Systeme d’exploitation Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean soon upgrade-able to 4.3
    Réseaux Wifi 802.11 b/g/n Port USB Micro USB 2.0
    Appareil photo Arriére : 2MP / Avant : 2MP
    BatterieLi-ion batterie, 8000m Ah Chargeur Input: 100-240 V Ac, 5-60 Hz / Output: dec 9.0v-dc 250 mA
    Carte mémoire 32 Go max
    Ecran9.7″ Retina Display, resolution: 2048x1536Dimensions 184mm x 240mm x 9.3mm
    Poids618g
    Capteurs accéléromètre
    ToucheCapacitive 10 doigts
    Sortie video Mini HDMI

    http://www.condor.dz/images/produits/tab10-500.png

    • mohammed-the-pedo

      Stick your tablet up your ass Al queda.

      • Abdel Aziz Farhi

        I’ll leave this com to the mods. You’re too pathetic to even argu with. You should hang your self before you infect others.

        • AndroidBoss

          He is a troll.

      • AndroidBoss

        You’re a troll. Would you like someone to call you that? And I’m sure fall in that category.

  • AndroidBoss

    What is this junk? I hate these very cheap tablets from China.

    • Shimon

      China? China can’t make cheap crap like this anymore! This is from India.

  • A Googler

    hmm would make an excellent beer coaster .cant think of any other uses?

    • Jayfeather787

      Paper weight?

  • QuanahHarjo

    This might be a cheap way to make a stereo into a “smart”-ish device. Run this with Cheapcast and BubbleUPnP and you can beam your music to the old college dorm bookshelf system you just can’t bear to get rid of :P

    Also, it’s actually an A8…which has the potential to be somewhat worse, actually. At least it does have a full-sized USB port, which might make it even more useful as a music box with old thumbdrives or maybe an externally powered hard drive.

  • Ishan Ansari

    Its a indian tablet.. Basically given by indian government to the students to surf the internet anytime. I have two of them. Thwy are just piece of crap.. I just use them as an intercom to talk to my brother playing xbox in another room :-P (tango video call)
    Shit tablet not at all usefull. Rubbish design screen looks a piece of crap. Laggy,full of bug. And never software support by the company. Never buy unless your’re getting it free. I am happy with my note 2 and tab 10.1
    F****ck this shit :-P

  • DroidLover

    I want one, I love the price, it will do okay as a secondary device.

    I hope they bring the Ubislate to Latinamerica too.

    Thanx.

  • Fupps

    I think to many Android fans with too much pride (which isn’t a bad thing!) are judging this piece of hardware unfairly. Most of us who read these articles, quite rightly, wouldn’t touch this device but the price and the specs are actually perfect for the masses who are still to embrace this type of technology. It will do ‘the job’ for most, Facebook, checking emails, angry birds etc. etc. I can only imagine that this will come wil a manufactorer or retailers guarentee which would be 12 months right? In this case its an incredible bit of kit! We don’t want it but plenty will….