There have been few China tablet news posts here only because there’s been very little tablet news out of China. At least of tablets that interest me. There’s been a few announcements of seven-inch 3G SOFIA-based tablets.
I think Intel has ended their subsidy program for low-end tablets.
And the shift to x-series CPUs without subsidies has caused China tablet makers to pause and take stock.
It seems they’ve bet on going with Core-M CPUs, trying to capture a higher-end customer, particularly those who would use such a machine for business. I’m not sure how that’s going to work out since most have unfavorable reputations inside China from their prior low-end tablets.
June is coming to an end and there’s been no additional word from Onda about their Core-M-based iPad clone. If it never comes to market, that would be a sign that the era of China tablets most people here have been interested in is coming to an end.
Frankly, that wouldn’t make much of a difference to me. I’m pretty much set on one of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 tablets.
With China tablets of interest likely coming to an end, the only thing of slight interest to me are China phones. But the manufacturers need to include worldwide radios. And despite some of their incredible specs, few do. And I have my doubts that any of them except Xiaomi can break out of their local market. None of the tablet makers did, except as rebranded junk at places like Best Buy.
So, that explains what’s been happening here.