I'm asking Microsoft Germany's Windows Product Marketing Manager Boris Schneider-Johne some questions about the status of Windows RT, I also ask about the Android competition, RT vs Pro market share, everything on Windows RT is encrypted, Surface RT is his secondary computer (Photoshop/Ligthroom doesn't run on RT), how often does RT crash? Connected Standby (gets latest info all the time through Connected Standby API), and I even ask questions which he obviously can't answer, about Microsoft claiming ownership over Android (announcing certain Microsoft Partner Android companies paying Microsoft a licence for Android) Cheaper Windows RT? $299 instead of $599? 13.3" RT? 7" RT? 8" RT? and the idea of making a Metro UI for Android (he says it can't work).
Sawink shows some of their latest cheap Android tablets. Their new Allwinner A20 dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 tablet with 800x480 7" touch screen is just $45.8 when bought in bulk. They also show their new Rockchip RK3168 dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 tablet for $46.9 in bulk. RAM/Flash/Camera configurations to confirm when you contact them. They also show $133 A31S 9.7" 1024x768 IPS. This video also features prices for screen resolution upgrades and more. They sell about 100K tablets per month and employ about 200 people in their factory.
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, 1024x768 9.7" tablets, some about the price for Retina, $75 8" Allwinner A20, $135 A31 10.1" 1280x800. They sell about 150K tablets per month with 300 workers in the factory.
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 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.
Shenzhen Jia Chuang Bo Technology Ltd. provides professional OEM and ODM services to the tablet industry. They have a number of Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Lines, some of which are constantly dedicated to the manufacture of well-known namebrands. The video provides a nice visual overview of the company's manufacuring process - beginning with SMT lines to make the PCBA, After Welding (ie. soldering), PCBA Testing, Assembly Line, Packaging Line, QA Testing, and a final Aging Area. They were showing a number of their products - including an Actions 7029 quad-core with an IPS screen (1024 x 800), with an MOQ of 1K pieces it sells for $130. Another device incorporating 3G with an Allwinner A10 processor and IPS screen for $143 at an MOQ of 1K. Going forward, they are primarily focusing on Dual and Quad core designs. A 7" design with 3G, IPS, Allwinner A10 and a similar configuration was quoted at $96. They offered sleek, sturdy looking metal case designs. The company's customer base is heavily concentrated in Asia, with secondary sales to Europe. The company has a good description of their products and services at http://www.jcbkj.com/.