London-based Datawind said it will begin selling its $38 UbiSlate tablet computer in the United States early next year.
The company, which claims its tablets outsell Apple's iPad in India, plans to sell three models in the United States, ranging in price from $38 to as much as $149 with varying specs and capabilities.
Suneet Singh Tuli, Datawind’s CEO, said the company's goal is to bring the least expensive computers possible to schools and low-income communities. He said he especially wants to reach children who have limited access to the Web, or no connectivity at home.
"Affordability shouldn't be the reason people can’t get on the Internet," Tuli said in a press release. "We want to specifically reach a customer base that right now is not on the Internet."
Prodution costs are likely lower because the tablets don't have the most updated components.
The $38 7-inch touchscreen UbiSlate 7Ci tablet runs on Google's Android 4.0 and features a 1-gigahertz, single-core processor. It has 4 gigabytes of storage with microSD card slots for additional storage. The 7-inch display offers a resolution of 800×480 pixels.
Datawind’s $38 tablet is available now on the company’s website and it will be available through more retailers next year after the Consumer Electronics Show in January
Datawind will also sell a $100 version of its tablet, called the UbiSlate 7C+, that ships with 1 year of freeWweb browsing over old Edge networks.
At the top of the company’s lineup will be the UbiSlate 3G7, that runs on 3G networks with free unlimited Web browsing, for $150. The UbiSlate 3G7 features a dual-core processor and will run Google’s Android 4.1.