The low cost tablet dream started with Aakash tablets which is still trying to live up to it, but in the meantime many new manufactures have entered the low cost tablet arena. Now there is another tab called the BeeTabz Ashni which comes powered by a 1 GHz processor and with price band of just Rs. 3,999. is a fraud company, you can read more here, do not waste your time reading this article.

Hardware and looks
The Ashni is powered by IMAP X210 processor clocked at 1 GHz with 256 MB RAM. This tablet runs on android 2.3 OS. The front side is pretty simple with a single navigation button on the right side and a camera in the center. The back side has got the BeeTabz logo and speaker out. The ports are located on the right side as seen in the image below.

BeeTabz Ashni 7 inch low cost tablet

There is a single front facing VGA camera that works with Skype. The camera is intended to be used for video chatting only though you can take self images which will not be of an impressive quality.

Display and Memory
The Ashni sports a 7 inch touchscreen display (800 by 480 pixels), however this is with resistive technology and as per my experience you should really avoid the resistive tablets, if price is not an issue. The tab comes with 2 GB internal memory and microSD slot to add addition storage capacity of up to 32 GB.

This tab comes with 1 x mini USB port, 1 x HDMI port, a power port, microSD slot and 3.5 mm audio jack.

There is no built in SIM slot, but you can use the mini USB port for connecting external compatible 3G dongles. There is built in Wi-Fi which can also be used for surfing.

Ashni tablet rear view

What is missing?
There is no GPS, No Bluetooth. I believe this tab also does not come with GPU so you cannot play high end games, but yes the Angry birds game runs smoothly on this tablet.

A 3200 mAh Li-Polymer battery powers this tablet. I am not sure how long this tab can last on a full battery charge.

BeeTabz Ashni price in India is Rs. 3,999.

BeeTabz Ashni specifications
Processor : 1 GHz (IMAP x210)
RAM : 256 MB
Internal Memory: 2 GB
OS : Android 2.3
2G/3G : External 3D dongle.
Screen : 7 inch 800 x 480 resistive touchscreen.
Battery : 3200 mAh

The configuration is similar to low cost BSNL Penta with a slightly higher mAh battery. If you are looking for affordability then this tab is just ok but if you can skip it and look for other BeeTabz models.

You can use this tab for surfing, video chat using skype, playing games (not HD Games), watching movies, playing MP3 and with access to android market you can download many more apps. Before ordering this tab please read the comments.

Note: I would suggest you to keep away from Beelabz, if you still want to buy from them do it at your own risk.

By Rajeev Rana

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