Americans want cheap tablets -

London-based Datawind has announced that it will start flogging its $38 UbiSlate tablet computer in the United States early next year.

The US is one of the few places in the world where expense is not really a problem and Apple makes a fortune flogging its overpriced, er higher margin, toys.

Datawind has plenty of experience selling its tablets to the third world, so should be able to cope with places like Texas.

In India, Datawind tablets outsell Apple's iPad. It wants to sell three models in the United States, ranging in price from $38 to as much as $149 with varying specs and capabilities.

Suneet Singh Tuli, Datawind's CEO, said the company's goal is to bring the least expensive computers possible to schools and low-income communities. He said he especially wants to reach children who have limited access to the Web, or no connectivity at home.

Datawind keeps its costs down by not using the most updated components.

The $38 7-inch touchscreen UbiSlate 7Ci tablet runs on Google's Android 4.0 and features a 1-gigahertz, single-core processor. It has 4 gigabytes of storage with microSD card slots for additional storage. The 7-inch display offers a resolution of 800×480 pixels.

Datawind's $38 tablet is available now on the company's website and it will be available through more retailers next year after the Consumer Electronics Show in January

The top of the range model is the the UbiSlate 3G7, that runs on 3G networks with free unlimited Web browsing, for $150. The UbiSlate 3G7 features a dual-core processor and will run Google's Android 4.1.