The netbook space sure seems to be getting all the more crowded with each passing day. A glance at the price of DataWind’s new netbook offering though may have users begging for more. DataWind unleashed its recent UbiSurfer netbook in India for an affordable price of less than Rs. 8000.
Bundled with integrated cellular modem, the netbook includes an embedded SIM card as well. Users should thus be able to browse the Internet anywhere across the country without any hassles. Based on the Microsoft Windows CE 6.0 OS, the device also boasts of the Softmaker Office Suite. The company’s multi-patented data compression and acceleration technology that helps render the free-usage model is also included.
Suneet S. Tuli, President and CEO of Datawind shared, “Our goal was to deliver the real web, fast, free, anytime and everywhere. The UbiSurfer is another step in the company’s vision of taking the internet to the masses. This device is going to revolutionize the way we work, play, communicate and take advantage of the wireless web.”
“TRAI’s recent figures peg Internet subscribers in India at only 14.5 million, which is only 1.5% of the population. We are confident that our mix of cutting edge technology at attractive price points will change the dynamics of the mobile internet device market in India. We estimate that internet penetration will exceed 50% of the population in the next decade and exceed 500 million users. DataWind expects to garner a significant share of this pie by delivering more affordable products that are simpler to use,” he added.
The super portable device shows off a 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixels TFT – Wide screen display and 128MB RAM. Housing around 1GB Flash memory and enabled for 50GB online memory, on the connectivity front, it supports wireless LAN Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g, 10BaseT Ethernet Interface and embedded cellular modem. Infused with a dual speaker system, the device additionally features stereo sound earphone jack along with a standard 80 key keyboard and a dual button touch mouse pad.
It’s powered by a lithium polymer or external DC Adapter that proffers approximately 3 hours of operability. A push-push SD card socket, a USB port and earphone as well as Ethernet jacks are some other attributes presented by the device. The netbook tips the scale at just 700 grams and is around 222 x 165 x 29.5 mm in dimensions.
Offered with 1 year free internet access, DataWind’s UbiSurfer netbook is tagged at price of Rs.7,999. Users in India can anticipate 30 hours per month of free internet access for the first year. For heavy users, unlimited internet is offered at just Rs. 99 per month and Rs.999 for each consecutive year.