New $200 tablet?

Harley Laue losinggeneration at
Mon Jan 30 22:49:38 CET 2012

On Monday, January 30, 2012 09:18:09 PM Dr.  H.  Nikolaus Schaller wrote:
> Am 30.01.2012 um 15:42 schrieb Patryk Benderz:
> > [cut]
> > 
> >> This look very interesting. Can’t wait to get my hands on one.
> > 
> > It is written 200 EURO, not dollars ($). Makes a difference.
> Most likely it is 200 EUR w/o taxes, WEEE and many other duties
> like warranties etc.
> And @ 1 Mio units :)
> Without calculating engineering cost (i.e. there will never be fixes,
> updates and upgrades).
> OpenPandora and GTA04 have both shown how difficult it is to get to a
> really low price in practice at limited volume. And OLPC also never did
> meet its goals (at least not within a short timeframe).
> It only works if someone heavily subsidizes each unit of a small batch
> and/or has the capital to kickstart the first really big batch. And there
> are also many examples how even big companies had to clear their stock at a
> dumping price to limit further financial loss. E.g. HP Touchpad.
> Or some model that already exists is tweaked to become a community
> device. But there will be no successor product and enough openness
> as many examples have shown.
> So let's see how they do it sustainably. Maybe they have found some
> trick, I would be happy to learn about :)
> Nikolaus

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