White box tablet producers challenge the brand names in China and the U.S.

White box tablet producers challenge the brand names in China and the U.S.
The tablet market in China has taught a lesson to producers like Samsung, Acer, Amazon and Google. These manufacturers have been so aggressive with pricing in the 7 inch tablet market in the country that China's white box producers have struck back with price cuts of their own to remain competitive. Sources from channel retailers in the country agree that the white box manufacturers have been able to keep prices down by buying low priced, entry-level chips from vendors in their own back yard.

To show you how the white box names have been picking up momentum, the combined market share of tablet produces not in the top 5 rose to 39% in the second quarter of 2013. That compares to the 26% combined share for these lesser known names in the second quarter of 2012.

While Asus and Acer have been selling their dual-core powered 7 inch slabs for 5000 NT ($169 USD), consider that some white box manufacturers are selling competitive tablets for 2000 NT ($68 USD). and in the states, some white box tablets are even cheaper. Deep discounter Walmart is offering Xelio's 7 inch tablet for $49. For $89 you can buy a NextBook with an 8 inch screen, Android 4.1 under the hood, 8GB of  native storage and a 1.5GHz dual-core ARM A9 processor driving the tablet. Of the 172 different tablets being sold by Walmart, 51 are priced below $100.

source: DigiTimes



1. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

Many of my friends have bought these cheap Chinese/Indian tablets based on android. Most of them are crap. Some of them, surprisingly great for the price. Well that was until Nexus 7 came. For me at least. If you want a good cheap tablet, buy a Nexus 7. Its pretty affordable and is much much better than the cheap ones available.

3. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Which ones are the good ones for their price can you specify?

5. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

There are 2 which I thought were great for the price. One was the Micromax funbook and the iball slide... 7 inchers ..don't remember the exact model of the iball. Pretty decent performance I guess. Below 5k Ind rs ...I was happy with that performance.

6. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

And the HUAWEI Media pad... that was preety good.. but I still recommend nexus 7 over all..

2. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

You buy cheap you get cheap. I just bought a cheaply made Asus meemo pad 7 inch tablet with 4.1 android for $109 at Walmart for a 5 year old. Since its for a 5yr old I guess that makes it a smart purchase. Two months ago I gifted a nexus 7 2013 the builds are so different in feel and quality.

4. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

I beg to disagree. Aside from my Nexus 7 2012, I have a $160 PiPo Max M1 rocking the ff: running official 4.2.2 9.7" 1024x768 LG IPS display (not Innolux) 1.6Ghz dual-core A9 cpu (28nm) 1GB RAM 16GB internal, with memory card slot Aluminum shell (really great) 8000mah battery That's what I call extreme value for money.

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