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Tablet makers to use plastic chassis to bring down bill of material

Plastic, which is already widely used to build tablet chassis, is expected to become even more commonplace as manufacturers vie to bring down the bill of material.

According to Taiwan-based news outlet, Digitimes which cites “Taiwan-based supply chain makers”, vendors will adopt plastic chasis for entry-level tablets to bring down production costs.

This, according to the publication, will benefit OEMs such as Ju Teng and Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) whose clients are likely to introduce even cheaper tablets by year’s end.

The cheapest tablet on the market, at least in the UK, can be had for around £35 (a NATPC model) while the cheapest tablet from a Tier-1 manufacturer like the Acer Iconia B1 costs nearly three times that amount.

Digitimes doesn’t mention the average cost of a tablet chassis or what percentage of the bill of material is spent on it. It will also be interesting to see whether OEMs come up with ways to make plastic feel less “plasticky” by adopting other manufacturing methods.