Datawind enters netbook arena with UbiSurfer

What Mobile
July 10, 2009

Expected to be sold via Maplin retail stores and the Ideal TV shopping channel, the UbiSurfer combines Wi-Fi with an embedded SIM for truly mobile Internet access.

Unlike other netbooks, the UbiSurfer is geared around the web, while offering other applications for use on the Linux based operating system – such as a media player, XIP Office (word processor, spreadsheet and presentation tools), PDF viewer, Email, image editor and some games.

The UbiSurfer comes with 1GB SSD storage and up to 25GB of online storage. This can be expanded with a USB flash drive or an SD(HC) memory card.

Like the PocketSurfer, the UbiSurfer uses Datawind’s proprietary web browser and a patented compression system that promises quick Internet access using only GSM and GPRS (there’s no 3G).

The £159.99 package comprises the UbiSurfer unit and 30 hours of basic Internet usage per month (for one year). A further year of Internet access (30 hours per month) costs £29.99, or unlimited access is available for £5.99 per month.


Key Features:

  • 7-inch TFT display (800×480 pixels)
  • 128MB RAM, 1GB Flash (SSD)
  • GPRS 900/1800MHz embedded SIM card
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g + Ethernet (10Mbps)
  • Built in microphone & dual speaker system
  • Full QWERTY keyboard
  • Touchpad Mouse Pointer
  • 222x165x29.5mm, 700g
  • SD(HC) Card Socket
  • 3 USB Ports
  • 1 Earphone socket
  • 1 Microphone socket
  • 1 Ethernet port
  • DataWind Web browser, Calendar, Media Player, XIP Office, PDF Viewer, Email, Paint, Games


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