The 7-inch UbiSlate 7Ci runs the 2011 Android Ice Cream Sandwich software and comes with just 4GB of storage, although this can be expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card.
Its price makes it £50 cheaper than Aldi’s Lifetab, £70 cheaper than Argos’ MyTablet and almost £90 cheaper than the Hudl by Tesco.
Developed by London-based Datawind, the 7-inch tablet was initially built for use in universities and c colleges in India, but it proved so successful it has been made available in other regions.
Other specifications include a Cortex A8 1GHz processor, and built-in games and education apps.
It is the latest in a line of budget tablets that have been launched ahead of Christmas.
After Apple dominated the tablet market for years, Google was the first major company to challenge the iPad and, in particular, the later iPad mini with the launch of its Nexus 7 by Asus in 2012.
It was a budget tablet that went on sale for £159, compared to the iPad mini’s £269, without compromising on the majority of features.
The search giant launched a Nexus 7 successor earlier this year that cost £199 and came with the world’s highest resolution screen.
Tesco then took it a step further with the launch of its Hudl tablet.
HOW DOES THE UBISLATE 7CI COMPARE TO RIVAL TABLETS?
|UbiSlate 7Ci||Argos MyTablet||Tesco Hudl||Aldi Lifetab||New Google Nexus 7||Kindle Fire HD
|Resolution||800 x 480
||1024 x 600||1440 x 900||1,024 x 600||1920 x 1200||1024 x 600|
|Camera||N/A||2MP rear, 0.3MP front||3MP rear, 2MP front||2MP rear, 0.3 MP front||5MP rear, 1.2 MP front||N/A|
|Price*||£29.99||From £99.99||From £119 (£60 with Clubcard Points)||From £79.99
||From 16GB Wi-Fi £199
*Direct from retailers. Prices may vary on third-party shops or during promotions
The 7-inch Hudl costs just £119 and beats the majority of other budget tablets in terms of screen pixel density.
It can even be bought for as little as £60 when purchased with Clubcard vouchers.
At the launch, Tesco insisted it had not cut corners to produce the budget tablet and claimed it would beat similarly priced competitors ‘hands down’.
Argos then followed suit with its £99 MyTablet, before Aldi undercut them both with its £79 Lifetab earlier this month.
Amazon has also recently refreshed its Kindle range, dropping the price of the Kindle Fire HD down to £119
‘With recent ONS figures showing that in the UK, 29 per cent of the poorest households have no computer and 36 per cent no internet, we’re working to bring affordable technology to the hundreds of thousands of households excluded from the digital revolution’, said Datawind’s chief executive Suneet Singh Tuli.
Source : Daily Mail