$50 tablet maker Datawind launches new range of low cost tablets [7 inch screen, Rs. 2999 onwards]

Datawind, the makers of Aakash announced the launch of 4 new low-cost tablets cum smart phones under the Ubislate range. The new range of Ubislate tablets is packed with low-cost internet connectivity, UbiSurfer browser and is available at price range of Rs 2, 999 to Rs 4, 499.

The new Ubislate range offers enhanced hardware specifications with 7” screen and is powered by Cortex A8 1GHz processor, 512 MB RAM. It runs on Android 4.0.3. Notable features of the new Ubislate series include support for WiFi, micro SD and mini USB slot. Importantly, these devices offer intelligaia finger tracing apps to teach alphabet letter writing for toddlers. Through these tablet devices users can access content available on the Sakshat portal including pre bundled CBSE curriculum.

Earlier, in late April this year, Datwind had launched Ubislate7+ and 7C powered by Cortex A8 800 Mhz processor, 256MB RAM Android 2.3. However, in its new range Datawind has increased memory by 2x, i.e 512 MB and upgraded the operating system from Android 2.3 to 4.0.3. Price of the device has also gone up by Rs 1100.

New Datawind Tablets
New Datawind Tablets

UbiSlate 7Ri and UbiSlate 7R+ have a resistive touchscreen, while UbiSlate 7Ci and UbiSlate 7C+ come with capacitive touchscreen.

The ambitious project of providing low-cost Aakash tablet by Datwind and Government of India, has been mired in controversies and serious failures such as poor quality and delay in production. In March 2012, Datawind blamed the Indian Institute of Technology- Jodhpur for overlooking the Aakash project and voicing unnecessary concerns over quality and functionality of devices to favour other firms. After a lot of linen was washed in public, the government served a showcause notice to IIT , Jodhpur to explain why it did not set up a tablet testing facility and procedure in time to resolve its dispute with Datawind.