The Cheapest Android Tablet? SF-M703A Tablet Sells for $44

I’ve just noticed Liliputing posted an article about Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci tablet, the commercial version of Aakash2 tablet, that sells for $37.99. There are two caveats however: it’s only available in the U.S., and the price does not include a $9.99 shipping charge which brings the total price to $47.98. That’s still dirt cheap, but I’ve decided to look for the cheapest 7″ tablet that ships internationally. I did so on Chinese websites, including Aliexpress, where you can find such tablets for as low as $12 including shipping from sellers without feedback. These are obvious scams, so I filtered the products sold from sellers with decent feedback, and products with reviews. Based on these criteria, the cheapest Android tablet I could find is SF-M703A, or just called 703A. It goes for $43.99 including shipping via Swiss Post.

SF-M703A Tablet
SF-M703A Tablet

Let’s compare the specifications of SF-M703A with Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci.

SF-M703ADatawind UbiSlate 7Ci / AAKASH-2
SoCAllWinner A13 @ 1.0 GHz with Mali-400 GPU
System memory512 MB RAM
Storage4GB NAND Flash + micro SD card
Display7” capacitive touchscreen – Resolution: 800×480
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
I/Omini USB + 3.5mm audio jack
Camera0.3MP front camera
Battery1800 mAh2100 mAh (AAKASH-2).
Up to 180 minutes on battery
Weight320 g.
Android VersionAndroid 4.0.3
Price (inc. shipping)$43.99$47.98

Both tablets have basically the same specifications, with the only real difference being a battery with a slightly larger capacity on Ubislate 7Ci. Both devices are sold with a power adapter, and a USB cable.

Such tablets could be given to kids, although many games may not play smoothly, used as a remote control using apps such as Droidmote, or as a Chromecast remote, a digital photo frame, and possibly some projects where you need a cheap Android console (3D printer, home automation, etc…). For 10 to 15 dollars extra, you could also upgrade to a tablet with a dual core SoC including a more powerful GPU.

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6 years ago

Very nice comparison, just one minor addition:
the listing you picked as an example on Aliexpress shows me “US $4.61 to Russian Federation via Swiss Post” shipping fee, so $48.60 total. I have found another one, with free shipping at the same total at $48.59:
this one lists the battery as 2000 mAh. And also it’s actually the “famous” and perhaps the most popular tablet model on Aliexpress, the “Q88”. There are countless reviews of it, e.g. on YouTube:

6 years ago

Good to see a low-price dual-core, 1GB RAM (ie usable for general purposes!) tablet comparison sometime too 🙂

Someone from the other side
Someone from the other side
6 years ago

I bought a 49USD Q8S from Geekbuying two weeks ago (–Capacitive-Touch-Screen-1024-600-512M-RAM-4G-ROM-1-6GHz-Tablet-PC—Black-315345.html, I guess that was Black Friday promotion, now it is 70 again), that one is even RK3066 and 1024×600. Still, it’s dumbfounding how crappy it can be when in principle the hardware should be quite capable. It kind of works but stuff randomly drops, in particular HDMI is totally random. I think I should quit buying cheap Shenzhai stuff… Even the well-reputed hardware like the Cubieboards ends up being barely working when you get down to it (for example, the Cubietruck makes weird high frequency noises when you plug… Read more »

Someone from the other side
Someone from the other side
6 years ago

Also, looks like the 55USD for the WM8880 device from earlier this year have finally came to pass at Geekbuying – does that one output 1080p reliably (looking for a cheap gadget I can hookup to my mothers full HD TV)?

6 years ago

Very interesting . It would be also interesting to see low cost tablets with a large screen (9″-10″) , decent resolution(720p) , and a decent ram and processor.

6 years ago

In Chiang Mai, you can find 1400 baht tablets (43.3 USD according to google) sold in Icon Square (next to Computer Plaza).