One of the main reasons for the iPad’s market share loss is the huge number of very cheap Android tablets flooding the market, most of them coming from Asia. Below you can see a video tour of one factory that makes such tablets and the people involved in making and testing them.
This video shows the very affordable Boxchip A13 7 inch tablet, with a $55 price tag, that’s being made and tested in a factory in Shenzhen, China. Sadly, the working conditions are not that great, especially when compared to what we saw at the Foxconn plants in China, where people wear suits and masks when handling components and materials for the iPad. Also, the video shows a pretty unsafe and crowded environment, prone to accidents. Also, instead of robots and strong workers handling those pieces of metal, there are some pretty tired women.
The tablet factory shown here produces around 4,000 units a day or 120.000 units a month, a huge figure that makes me think there are enough buyers for the company to turn a profit. Anyway if you still want the tablet after seeing how it’s made, know that the Boxchip A13 features a 7 inch touchscreen with 800 x 480 pixel resolution, a 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, microSD, a 0.3MP front camera and 2,000 mAH battery. Android 4.0 ICS is the OS of choice.