UbislateThe race to the bottom of the Android tablet market continues with the launch of the UbiSlate 7Ci in the UK, priced at just £29.99. Originally part of a program run by the Indian government to bring cheap tablets to educational establishments, the UbiSlate is, according to its manufacturer, the "world's cheapest tablet."

So what do you get for your thirty quid? Well, the spec page lists a 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU, 512MB of RAM, a WVGA (800x480) 7-inch display and 4GB internal storage expandable via microSD. On the software side, the company claims its tablet runs Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, though the launcher and UI on its product render appears to be from version 2.3, Gingerbread.

The UbiSlate 7Ci is just one of many super-low-cost tablets to arrive on the UK market in recent months. Tesco launched its Hudl tablet for £119 in September, followed shortly after by even cheaper offerings from Argos, Carphone Warehouse and even discount supermarket Aldi.

With the holidays looming, the temptation to pick up such a cheap Android tablet may be strong. But as we always point out, when you pay such a small amount for a tablet you're likely to get exactly what you pay for.

Source: UbiSlate; via: The Guardian

 
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anthonok says:

Yak

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Wow, I can't believe someone makes such a low end tablet. Sure, the price is low, but that thing probably lags like a snail.

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npco543 says:

While it's clearly not going to win any performance accolades, the specs aren't THAT bad. It looks to be on relative par with the Nook Color which isn't an unusable tablet. I set mine up with a simple launcher, a few games and gave it to my 4 year old son, and he uses it all the time.

And no, I wouldn't buy one of these for the ~$48 they cost, but for someone who simply can't afford 3X this price for something like a Nexus 7, this is better than nothing for basic tasks. You have to remember the target market - it's absolutely not you or I.

drokssilva says:

Are. They. Serious. Why. Would. Anyone. Buy. This.

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JSoto609 says:

I've seen lots of crappy tablets. Some to the point that they have it just to say they have a "tablet".

Andy_in_Indy says:

Because. Its. Cheaper. Than. Any. EBook. Reader. That. Size.

drokssilva says:

True

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tdizzel says:

Are you sure you're not Richard with the repetitive use of Period?

drokssilva says:

I'm pretty sure. And he uses the word, and idolizes Samsung

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RustyU says:

Of course it's dirt cheap, it's a steaming pile of shit.

The note 10.1 is much better than this!

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There are people that do buy this. I'd but it just for the hell of it if it was in the states! Lol

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col_krismiss says:

Same stats as the first tablet I got, it was awesome when I bought it

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outlooker says:

Think this is cheap? Just Google "Aakaash tab". It's even cheaper at like £20

sreepillai says:

I think this is the Aakash Tab as the op mentioned this was launched as an initiative by the govt of India. The price hike could be to compensate for the various levys to do business in the UK

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stepaul8 says:

Look at it from a different point of view. There is never going to be a situation where someone says do I get this or the nexus 10. It's not meant to compete with high end tablets. It's a piece of crap to us fortunate people but to others who have never used a computer this thing is a great deal.

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Anidh Singh says:

Very well said man...
It maybe first tym in history of AC Comments but here it comes
#Respect

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Dan29466 says:

Well said. The amount of pure stupid seen on AC is amazing some days. $30 is a lot of money to some people. For those people, this device is an amazing product. The original Galaxy Tab also had a 1GHz processor and 512M of RAM. I seem to recall it being somewhat popular even though it was over 10x more expensive.

In terms of performance, this device will be more than sufficient for what most people want to do on it. This device has an identical CPU, RAM, and screen resolution as the Galaxy Player 5.0 (which was actually a Galaxy S in disguise). The Galaxy Player 5.0 still works just fine for web browsing, email, twitter, facebook, playing music, watching movies, etc. and there's no reason to expect this device to perform any differently.

Note: my opinion on the real-world performance of the Galaxy Player 5.0 is based on having one actually in my hand and using it as a couch-companion. I'm not spouting bullshit theories based on how big or small the numbers in the spec are. If you have a device with a Cortex A8, 512M of RAM, and an 800x480 screen, and you believe that a 7" version of that device isn't worth $30, I'd love to hear why.

High-end? At £30 this isn't even competing with budget tablets like the Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD. This cheap tablet is what you would find in discount stores.

Mo ZedEl says:

Not even got kit kat??

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D16RR says:

kit kat breaks flash. Why is that good?

saf5545 says:

And why should Android even support something Adobe doesn't bother to update and decided to drop?

NoNexus says:

Android dropped it, but it is a stand alone plug in sometimes...

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redmist says:

Because it breaks flash.

Looks shit

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adskg says:

price is ok cheapest but the specs are very low level, yet hanged problem faced ...

mabr82 says:

Be decent as a throw away for kids Christmas present

Unusable for techies though

Might be OK to practice rooting and flashing

For £30 why people slagging off the specs?!

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Russ Smith says:

Really? A tablet for the same cost as steak dinner and people are dissing the specs? Twats.

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John-Smith says:

Well with Kit-Kat this might not be SO bad.

masterpfa says:

A cheap Christmas presents for young kids I imagine, even cheaper than some Toy Tablets