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New iPad To Face Wave Of No-name Chinese Tablets

Chinese manufacturers are raising their production outputs to three million tablets a month (that's 36 million a year) according to Max Wang and Steve Chen from Digitimes who quoted estimated figures from the market research firm eMedia Asia.

The organisation says that "In Guangdong province alone, hundreds of small- and medium-size businesses have entered the development and production of tablet PCs on an OEM, ODM or OBM basis".

This surge in production coincides with the wider availability of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and the more widepsread availability of low cost hardware like capacitive screens and processors from MIPS or from ARM.

The tablets are mostly 7-inch, 8-inch, 9.7-inch and 10.1-inch models which target the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Latin America markets.

A typical tablet, eMedia Asia says, will have a 10.1-inch screen with a 1,024 by 600 pixels resolution, 4GB storage and Android 4.0 for around $100 wholesale. In comparison, the Ainovo Novo 7 basic that we reviewed costs $99 retail but has a 7-inch 800 by 480 pixels display.

Should Chinese manufacturer maintain the current estimated tablet production, China-based makers are likely to produce more than twice the amount of tablets they pushed out in 2011.

Source : Digitimes (opens in new tab)

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.