A Brampton businessman says a tablet computer sold for less than $40 will help bridge the growing “digital divide” in Canada.
Datawind has released its Ubislate 7Ci tablet in Canada, offering consumers an updated version of the device created for Indian schools.
“The development of the tablet stemmed from the realization that lack of Internet adoption in many parts of the world was primarily because of lack of affordability,” said Suneet Singh Tuli, Brampton resident and CEO of technology firm Datawind. “Our aim is to bridge the gap by offering cost-effective, high-specification devices and internet-access that offer excellent value to all.”
Starting at $37.99, the seven-inch tablet computer runs on the Android operating system and comes pre-loaded with apps for education, entertainment and gaming.
The device uses technology that Apple has since abandoned.
They use touch screens and are powered by a Cortex A8 – 1Ghz processor like the original Apple iPad and contains 512MB of RAM, twice that of the original iPad.
But Tuli said tablets aren’t out to compete with the iPad, but rather intended to give students access to technology.
“We are working to bring affordable technology to the many millions of households who are currently excluded from benefiting from the digital revolution”, said Tuli. Tuli lives in Brampton and works out of Datawind’s corporate office in Mississauga.
The company is pushing Statistics Canada data that shows a digital divide in Canada that directly linked to household income. For instance, Internet use for the richest top quartile of household income is at 94.5 percent, but it drops to only 62.5 percent at the bottom quartile.
Here’s what $37.99 gets you:
• 7-inch, 800-by-480 resolution capacitive touchscreen
• 1 GHz single-core processor
• 512 MB of RAM
• 4 GB of storage
• MicroSD card slot
• 0.3-megapixel front camera
• Android 4.0.3
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