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India's $35 7-Inch Android Tablet To Hit In January 205

indogiree writes "Engadget reports that India has just awarded the manufacturing contract to HCL Technologies. The first shipment will supposedly only contain the 7-inch model and is set to arrive on January 10. It's unclear if the $35 price has stuck or whether India's been successful in plans to drive the price down to $10 eventually with the help of large orders and government subsidies. HCL Technologies plans to initially produce 100,000 units. Among the key features of this India-based tablet include 2GB of RAM, web-conferencing, PDF reader, unzip, WiFi, camera and USB connectivity."
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India's $35 7-Inch Android Tablet To Hit In January

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  • Re:Production cost (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Joce640k ( 829181 ) on Sunday September 12, 2010 @08:06AM (#33551850) Homepage

    India also has a $6000 car but most westerners (and especially the USA) wouldn't want it.

  • Re:Production cost (Score:5, Insightful)

    by elh_inny ( 557966 ) on Sunday September 12, 2010 @08:08AM (#33551864) Homepage Journal

    Because, as Apple shows, people are not necessarily going for the cheapest thing.
    Also you're shooting yourself with low profit margins - look at Motorola and Nokia nowadays - they were selling decent phones a while ago and decided to go for the low hanging fruit of cheap phones. That didn't leave enough focus/resources on the smartphones.
    The result is the're both still in big trouble, with Motorola resuscitated by Google's Android as compared to cash rich Apple, who clearly have a strategy that brings in more money and focuses on innovation much more...

  • Re:Production cost (Score:3, Insightful)

    by lxt ( 724570 ) on Sunday September 12, 2010 @08:09AM (#33551868) Journal
    Two words for you: Resistive touchscreen
  • Re:Production cost (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Servaas ( 1050156 ) <captivayay AT hotmail DOT com> on Sunday September 12, 2010 @08:33AM (#33551974)
    I'm not up on the various numbers but what Toyota car recently had severe troubles with using the breaks? So apparently manufacturing problems don't just happen in cheap cars.
  • Re:Wow! (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 12, 2010 @08:49AM (#33552042)

    Anything can be made not only "affordable", but even "free" with sufficient amount of subsidies.

    It's not honest to advertise subsidized prices as the true expense. Someone is paying the subsidies, although it might not be the student or his school. Yet especially in India, they want to express nationalistic pride for this achievement, while comparing subsidized price with unsubsidized free-market prices. I wouldn't be surprised at all to find out that this device is fair amount more expensive in total cost than the tablets Chinese manufacturers have been pushing out now for a while. For instance, one can find "Android tablet PCs" from AliExpress for tad over $60. I wouldn't buy one, but I highly suspect that the Indians would have beaten the Chinese in costs...

  • Re:Production cost (Score:5, Insightful)

    by pipatron ( 966506 ) <pipatron@gmail.com> on Sunday September 12, 2010 @10:15AM (#33552442) Homepage
    Of course they use the cheapest technology, when they want to produce the cheapest product. The point they want to make is that the consumer doesn't necessarily want to pay the extra money to get the extra expensive parts when they are not necessary for the functionality. You don't need the glossy shiny polished glass surface to check the bus timetable on your smartphone, for example.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 12, 2010 @10:30AM (#33552510)

    It's in the same class as PDAs from the 1990s, and Nokia's internet tablets from 2005-2009; why everyone else completely left that market segment is beyond me.

  • Re:2GB Ram? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by james_a_craig ( 798098 ) <[moc.giarceimaj] [ta] [todhsals]> on Sunday September 12, 2010 @10:40AM (#33552574)

    Actually, no, it's exactly the functionally descriptive term I'm challenging.

    The normal definition is a memory with flat access times - i.e. it doesn't matter what part of the memory you access, you can do it equally quickly. This doesn't apply for things like tapes or HDDs, which are respectively either sequential or semi-sequential (sequential per cylinder) access.

    In the case of flash the time to perform a write is strongly dependent on the preexisting erase state of the block - if it's cleared already, it's much faster than if you need to clear it. That means that the time to access a given block of memory isn't constant (or even nearly so) so it's not really random-access.

    (If you want to be really nit-picky, it's random access on reads but not on writes. It can even end up being more complicated since you can have a read queued behind a erase on some flash devices)

  • Re:Production cost (Score:3, Insightful)

    by david duncan scott ( 206421 ) on Sunday September 12, 2010 @11:29AM (#33552846)
    Apple should remember that India does, in fact, have nukes.
  • Re:2GB Ram? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 12, 2010 @01:36PM (#33553690)

    Another person stupid enough to not comprehend the difference between stupidity and ignorance. Who are you trying to impress with that comment? Insecure fuck.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday September 12, 2010 @01:47PM (#33553742)

    Those Indian friends of yours seem to be the typical armchair experts who enjoy giving opinions over a glass of beer. It really isn't that easy.

    Why don't you try it? It's an open challenge. Once this product is released, I want to see you smuggle a dozen of these tablets to the USA - just a dozen. I will reimburse the costs of all 12 tablets if you manage to do it.

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