As worldwide demand for tablet PCs increases, cheaper options have begun to emerge.
DataWind, Coby, Velocity, Simmtronics, and CherryMobile are all offering tablets at budget prices.
While many of the tablets don’t feature the high-end specs you would find on high-end devices like the iPad or Google Nexus 7, the following devices win the price game.
Aakash – US$37 (R302.69)
The Aakash is definitely one of the cheapest tablet PCs in the world.
Developed by DataWind, the 7-inch tablet features Android 2.2 Froyo, an ARM11 366MHz processor, 2GB of internal flash memory, and up 32GB microSD.
A newer 2012 version has been released that costs $63.20 (R516.82), which contains a faster chip – a Cortex A8 800Mhz processor.
Coby Kyros MID7015 – US$64.97 (R531.50)
The Coby Kyros has a 7-inch 800 x 480 touch-screen, 0.72GHz ARM processor, Android 2.1 operating system, and 4GB of storage.
The US company’s budget-tablet retails for US$64.97 (R531.50).
Velocity Micro Cruz T301 – US$77.99 (R638)
The Velocity Micro Cruz Tablet features a 7-inch 800 x 600 touch-screen, Android 2.0, a 528MHz Ingenic processor, 256 MB RAM, and 2 GB internal storage.
All for the princely sum of US$77.99 (R638).
Simmtronics XPad – US$81 (R662.95)
In July, Indian company Simmtronics announced that its XPad tablet was launching in Dubai, with plans to get them across the globe.
The 7-inch tablet includes a Cortex A8 processor clocked at 1Ghz, 4GB storage, multi-touch display, Wi-Fi, and it runs on Android 4.0.
CherryPad – US$69.70 SRP (R767.60)
The CherryPad boasts a 7-inch 800 x 480 display, Android 2.2, 256 MB RAM, 2GB flash storage, powered by an 800MHz ARM11 processor.
The tablet can play and record 1080p video, and also features an SD card slot and USB 2.0 port.