We first heard of India releasing the “cheapest tablet in the world” over 1 year ago. Since that time we didn’t hear much more and we questioned its legitimacy. Is a $35 tablet really what the world needs? Perhaps, since India’s Ministry of Human Resource and Development has released some renderings and a notification list for the low cost tablet. It will be sold to students across the country for a mere $35, with regular users being able to pick one up for $60.
The UbiSlate 7 runs on Android 2.2 Froyo and comes with a 7-inch 800×480 multi-touch touchscreen, Wi-Fi, GPRS modem, two USB ports and a 3.5 mm jack. The tablet uses a 366 MHz CPU. HD video processor and 256 MB or DDR2 memory, a proof of the budget cuts that were made to accommodate such a cheap device.
There are a few apps pre-installed like the UbiSurfer browser and a YouTube App, Android Market access must be available since the companies website offers 150,000 apps.
While iPads and other similar tablets are too expensive for most of India’s population, cutting quality in such measures for a cheap product isn’t always the best route. The UbiSlate 7 is slated for release in November 2011.