Datawind, also known as the maker of the well-known Aakash tablet for India, has a few variants for its 7-inch Android tablet model and here is the Ubislate 7Ri. However, in the field of capacitive tablets being the entry-level and the lowest configuration available, the 7Ri has a resistive touch screen to offer. Let’s check out this tablet and see if it is really worth the price.
7-incher, resistive touchscreen with 480 x 800 resolution
Design and Build
The Datawind Ubislate 7Ri is the size of a standard 7-inch Android tablet. It is made completely from plastic, has a glossy black body on both the front and back and sports white edges on the right and left sides. The front panel has no buttons for home, back, menu or search. A front facing VGA camera is available for voice chats. The rear panel has just a big Ubislate logo in white. The left side sports the stereo speakers while the right side has the power button, an audio jack, a micro SD card slot, a micro USB PC interface and OTG slot, a power jack and a power LED. Two small holes for the reset button and the microphone are also seen alongside here. Lastly, the top features the volume rocker buttons. The entire chassis is made of plastic, weighs just 300 grams and is around 11 mm thick. The chassis is tough and feels rugged except for the glossy part which can get tarnished with fingerprints, dust and scratches in no time. However, while using the tablet, it feels a bit nice to hold as it feels more like a toy than an expensive gadget. We did expect the tablet to have a slightly more superior shell and build quality. However, this would shoot up the price by a few hundreds.
Android ICS, Cortex A8 1 GHz CPU, MALI-400 GPU
The Ubislate 7Ri is a very basic Android tablet and has the lowest configuration in the fleet of Ubislate tablets. It features an Android ICS operating system which runs on a 1 GHz Cortex A8 processor with a MALI-400 GPU and 512 MB of RAM. The storage built in is 4 GB of which, 2 GB is available for user data while the rest is shared between the operating system and apps. The display is a resistive touch 7-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. There is only a single camera on the front, which features a resolution of 0.3 MP pixels. Lastly, connectivity options available are micro USB for PC interface and OTG and a Wi-Fi interface for Internet connectivity. the internal storage can be expanded up to 32 GB for additional data storage.
512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal storage
Interfaces: Micro USB and Micro SD card slot. No mini HDMI
We did a test on this tablet using regular benchmarking applications. AnTuTu scored 3144 points and Quadrant scored 2341 points. Linpack gave us results of 13.34 MFLOPS in single-thread tests and 12.70 MFLOPS in multi-thread tests. Lastly, NenaMark2 scored 27.2 fps in the test. The scores revealed that the performance of this tablet is at par with other tablets featuring similar hardware specifications.
Volume rocker on the top, power button on the right
Updated 25 May, 2013, 6:56 pm IST
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