India already has had its first government sponsored tablet in the form of the Aakash, and here we are with a second model known as the Ubislate 7. This particular tablet also hails from hardware manufacturer Datawind, where it will sport 7″ of viewing goodness thanks to an 800 x 480 resolution touchscreen display. Running on a Cortex A8 700MHz processor (compared that to the 300MHz ARM11 processor on the Aakash), you know this is going to be far beefier, complete with GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity, HD video playback support, 256MB RAM, a USB 2.0 port, and 2GB of internal memory which can be augmented by a microSD memory card. Android 2.3 Gingerbread ships with the system, although we do wonder why it did not come with Android 3.0 Honeycomb instead, which is tablet-centric.
Hopefully with a couple of cheap tablets having rolled out in India, the world will not get the impression that everything there is cheap. After all, the top 50 richest people in the world do have some notable names from India, and if you were to take a look at their lifestyle, it is anything but cheap. We do hope that the Ubislate 7 will take off in a big way though, and it might prove to be a working model for other developing countries. Expect the Ubislate 7 to arrive in India next month.