White box Chinese tablet makers head for the exits
With top-tier Android tablet makers racing their first slate efforts prices to the bottom, and moving inventory to clear up for quad-cores with Ice Cream Sandwich, poor no-name manufacturers are in a bind. Clearance sales of tablet projects like the HP TouchPad and the BlackBerry PlayBook didn't help their cause either.
Lenovo's cheapest Android tablets were slashed to sub-white-box levels recently in China, while the company still offers warranty and reputation for quality. The price war among the first Android tablets was expected around Christmas, but who would have thought that we might soon break the $200 barrier for them, even without the help of the Kindle Fire.
1. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)
Do they seriously make any sales at all? I mean legit sales, not scamming people with false-advertising... They should stop selling tablets though, and make budget phones instead, they would probably sell better and get known faster.
2. remixfa (Posts: 14193; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
since ICS is open source (honeycomb wasnt), they need to upgrade all these el cheapo tablets to ICS immediately. People will buy them if they are ICS and other cheap tablets are not.
3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5958; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Unless ICS is a drop-in (requiring zero effort on the part of the white box mfr.), it ain't gonna happen. They are already losing $, they aren't going to throw more money down a rathole.
4. c.hack (Posts: 519; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
The Android tablet market, except for the Fire and B&N tablet, is a ghetto. The Chinese abandoning it is a bad sign.