iPad Revives China’s Portable Electronics Industry
Systems that run on ARM as well as devices based around ARM as well as the Android open-source OS help companies selling PMP and netbooks to make the most of the popularity of the iPad. The latest tablet computers from China feature resistive touchscreens, as well as playback in 720 or 1080p.
Apple’s iPad is changing the face of and stimulating the portable media industry in China.
It is believed that the Sangda Electronic Market in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, has been a reliable gauge of the industry’s consumer electronics pulse. It was a bustling market for white-box netbooks as well as mobile Internet devices until the end of H2 2009, when the numbers decreased, and sellers shut down their stores due to declining demand.
Three months later, after the iPad was launched, Sangda was revitalized, and it was again an active trading center with a focus on devices as well as tablets that look and operate very similar to the iPad. There were new shops that opened and a recently redesigned second floor is now displaying mostly tablet computers. Customers not only coming from mainland China but also from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and other countries in the vicinity are flocking to Sangda with a desire to buy nifty devices at lower prices.
Internet books, as well as mobile Internet devices, are available, although there are only a few stalls selling the devices, and there are fewer models available.
Canada’s change in appearance is a result of the changes happening in China’s mobile electronic device industry.
The ARM platform and Android help to develop iPad-like tablets
The iPad is widely regarded as more efficient and user-friendly than smartphones. When compared to a netbook or laptop, it is smaller and has a more extended battery that lasts for a longer time. The mobile Internet devices were once marketed as a bridge between laptops and smartphones, but they’re expensive along with their limited battery life, and the limitations in software and OS options meant that they were unable to become accepted by the market. Except for its cost, however, the iPad isn’t plagued by these negatives. This has opened the way to white-box manufacturers in China to design their own, less expensive version that is a cheaper version of iPad.
Netbook companies were among the first companies to introduce touchscreen tablets that did not have keyboards. They were equipped with the same hardware and operating system as netbooks but with lower user experience and less convenience. They were also more expensive and also had a higher price tag, making it difficult to get mainstream acceptance.
Tablets that are equipped with ARM-based platforms are an appealing option, mainly because Apple’s iPads come with the Arm Core CPU. In addition, unlike mobile Internet devices, which run Windows CE or Linux, the latest tablets are running the Android OS, which is commonly regarded as the one which can take on Apple’s iOS on the smartphone market.
However, ARM-based CPUs do offer an advantage in comparison to x86 architectures; they also have limitations in multimedia capabilities, and they do not can only support Windows CE and Mobile, as well as Linux. There aren’t many applications that run with Windows CE and Linux. Windows Mobile is expensive, running between $10 to $20 per unit. It is not considered a viable alternative for smartphones.
The introduction of Android OS strengthened ARM-based CPUs smartphones’ capabilities. Since this open source, OS has been made open-source, users are able to develop a variety of apps for an enhanced multimedia experience.
Although Android is open-source and free to download, the majority of available applications were created by the top industry players, such as HTC, along with Motorola. They do not give away their code and experience creating the apps with rivals. Therefore, China manufacturers must cooperate with design houses when developing their own apps.
Furthermore, it is true that not all netbook and PMP makers are able to create tablets running an Android OS. They also seek out design firms that specialize in smartphones for R&D support.
Impact on the portable electronics industry
As of May 2010, over 60% of China’s netbook producers have introduced tablet computers. The makers of portable devices have joined the market.
In comparison to netbook manufacturers, PMP suppliers are more adept in the field of handheld devices. The majority of them possess established channels for marketing, seasoned production lines, and long-term collaboration with design firms. In this way, almost all PMP firms are launching tablets that are modeled on the iPad. There is one exception: the tiny group that concentrates on devices that only play audio.
Between the PMP and the netbook sectors, the PMP tends to be impacted negatively by the sales of tablets like iPads and other slate tablets. Netbooks that are white have been declining since before the iPad revolutionized the market. While the market is sagging but there’s a solid market for netbooks able to manage essential PC functions like computer processing and word processing. In the same way, although the sales of e-book readers are being affected, there’s a market for these devices.
The most recent tablets have a higher chance of being likely to eat into PMP sales. While they share the same features, tablets perform better and offer users a more enjoyable experience, for instance, Web browsing, social networking, or streaming video.
Like electronic book readers and netbooks, slate tablets aren’t likely to completely eliminate the market for GPS devices and smartphones. Tablets can be connected to a GPS antenna and module. However, this could create signal noise that could impact your GPS receiver. Smartphones, however, have wireless connectivity as well as location-based services that are not available in the majority of tablets. The primary advantage tablets possess over smartphones but, it’s the price. The cost of an entry-level tablet is about 30 percent less than that of an Android smartphone.
While the most recent tablets from China are designed to look and function similar to an iPad however, there are some characteristics that the Apple device doesn’t have. They include HDMI output, playback at 720 or 1080p. The majority of models come with a resistive touchscreen which is not multitouch compatible and is better suited for using the stylus. Some models have capacitive touchscreens. However, these are priced at $30 to $40 more.
Most slate tablets made in China feature seven and 8-inch touchscreens that have an aspect ratio of 16:9. Certain companies, such as Fujian Sanxi Electronics Co. Ltd, can equip tablets with the LG Display touchscreens that are used on the iPad. Prices can be as high as $350 for a unit.
In general, tablets with a low-end price cost between $65 and $85 for each. They feature a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 800×480. The models run Android 1.5 and 1.6 and have wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi, playback at 720p, as well as MKV, AVI, WMA, RMVB, and MPEG formats. Their operating system cannot be upgraded with Android 2.0 or greater; however, specific models come with G-sensors.
From $85 to $120 for a model, mid-range versions come with 7 or 8 inches of screen that has an 800×480 resolution and 256MB RAM as well as Wi-Fi connectivity. They run Android 2.1 with an HDMI output as well as a G-sensor and support playback in 1080p. AVI and FLV formats, as well as RM/RMVB DAT, VOB, MPG, WMV, MPEG-1 as well as MPEG-2. MPEG11 MP4/M4V and VC-1 format.
The top-end models cost between $120 to $350. In addition to features that are mid-range, some models come with 9.7 or 10-inch capacitive touchscreens with an aspect ratio of 4:3 3G connectivity, GPS and.