Looking over the article about the $100 US IPad clone which can be found at http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/predicts_stiff_competition_ipad_100_android_tablets, I question if it will really be as good as Apple’s IPad.
The hardware needs to be either purchased from a supplier and/or manufactured in-house. Furthermore, faster processors cost more than slower ones. For example, desktop processors can be purchased for $50 (slowest) up to $1000 or more (fastest). Therefore, it will be interesting to see if Via’s IPad clone can actually be as good as Apple’s IPad at a fraction of the cost.
The netbook was a disappointment to many who did not realize that a netbook is not identical to a notebook in CPU speed and overall system performance. Therefore, will Via’s IPad clone face the same fate as the netbooks?
When Via introduces their IPad clone, I will have to test its audio/video rendering capabilities. That is usually a good indication of its overall system performance. If it can play DVD quality trailers, I will be impressed.
IPad’s hardware total cost can be seen at http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-04-07/apple-ipad-parts-may-cost-as-little-as-260-isuppli-says-after-teardown.html