On Monday, Datawind, the London-based firm, announced plans to sell a $38 tablet in the United States through online and in stores early next year. The tablets will range in price from $38 to $149 depending on the specs and capabilities.
Suneet Singh Tuli, Datawind’s CEO, said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal:
“Affordability shouldn’t be the reason people can’t get on the Internet. We want to specifically reach a customer base that right now is not on the Internet.”
Tuli hopes to provide connectivity to children with limited access to the Web.
“In India, the average person earns $200 to $300 a month and about 13% of people have Internet access,” Tuli said. “It’s easy to criticize our devices based on specs. But prices like this can be liberating in places like that, and there are places in the U.S where affordable technology can have a similar affect.”
Of course the trade-off for the very low price is an average performance and design. The $38 Ubislate 7Ci tablet runs on Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, features a 1-gigahertz, single-core processor and 4 gigabytes of storage built-in. The 7-inch display features a resolution of 800×480 pixels.
But an impressive tablet is not the point according to Tuli. Instead, it’s to bring “the power of the Internet” to everyone.
The $38 tablet is available now on the company’s website and it will have a wider distribution following CES.