Here’s perhaps the best “ipad mini style” (exact same ipad mini 7.85″ screen) that are now invading the Shenzhen market. Are those too similar to the ipad mini to be sold legally in Europe and the USA? Is it at all possible to design a tablet using that 7.85″ screen that doesn’t look like an ipad mini clone? What kind of flexibility does a tablet maker have when using that 7.85″ screen? Cube U35GT uses the iPad Mini screen size, this video features all the prices for the different RAM, Flash, camera configurations or more.
Epudo shows some of their latest tablets, 1024×768 9.7″ tablets, some about the price for Retina, $75 8″ Allwinner A20, $135 A31 10.1″ 1280×800. They sell about 150K tablets per month with 300 workers in the factory.
Shenzhen Sailing Digital Technology Co., Ltd. is a company with a long history of in-car accessory products. They are just moving into the production of Android boxes and TV sticks. They sell 20,000 bluetooth adaptors per month to countries including Chile.
Shenzhen Hengbida Electronic Technology is a small-looking, unassuming company having an outsized impact on the tablet industry. They sell 4,000 pieces a day of various tablet designs, which come in a variety of colorful and attractive cases. Their most popular tablet model sells a pink case with an A13 – selling to the US, Middle East and Asia at $54 in quantity 500. For another $34 you get 3G and the A20 processor. They have just over 100 people in their Shenzhen factory.
Here’s an interview with Nico Zhao (President) and Brian Xia (CEO), the co-founders of Shenzhen MELE Digital Technology Ltd. They talk about how they started Mele making ARM7 and embedded Linux in hard drive based portable media players for the Aigo brand in 2004, after 2006/2007, Mele enabled the Realtek MIPS based Set-top-box market by adopting that Realtek processor for the multimedia player box (switching from Sigma Designs) and then how they’ve shifted to using ARM processors in the last year or two to run Android on their latest series of TV Set-top-boxes and bringing a whole range of new features with that.
Gennie Peng of Mele shows around the Mele Shenzhen Headquarters Management Offices as well as Mele’s research and development, hardware, software, mechanical design, graphic design, testing, quality control and more. Also showing the CEO, President, Sales Manager offices, HR, Finance and everything else. Mele is a lead Allwinner A31/A20/A10 TV Box maker, probably one of the worldwide leaders in that ARM Powered Set-top-box segment.
Mele is probably one of the worlds biggest ARM Powered Android Set-top-box makers in the world. They manufacture up to 500 thousand Android ARM Set-top-boxes per month. On this Mele factory tour, 8 floors, 10 thousand square meters, One floor is for Management, one floor is for R&D the other floors are for the Factory. This tour shows the SMT lines that are gearing up to mass produce Allwinner A31, A20 PCBs that go in Mele’s next generation Android Set-top-boxes. The next floor tour features the factory assembly lines, where the Mele factory workers are assembling the latest Mele Android set-top-boxes. Finally, this tour also shows Mele’s storage area for packed Set-top-boxes to ship as well as storage area for components before assembly.
Here’s a tour of the ICOO Tablet factory, it’s on a Saturday so their 150 workers are at home. They make Rockchip RK3066, Allwinner A31, A31S, A20, A13 for $48, ATM7029 and many other devices in this factory, they can output up to 2000 tablets per day.