Newcomers are not always the happiest guy…. This because not often there is not much room left by the first-comers that usually had the “good idea” and consequently became the market leaders.
But sometimes things go differently. This is the case of low-cost tablet market where a big number of semi-unknown producers from Asia have been able to create good products at a very affordable price.
If you google “tablet” and visit some specialised, B2C, websites you can find some interesting products. Obviously I’m not talking about the top of the production and you will not find any top level tablet but you could be interested to some of them if you consider their prices.
The middle level market wasn’t considered interesting by big players till now. But the potential increase of demand in this segment has changed the scenario.
Tablets are very common devices and today many of us could be interested to have a second or third device to avoid the matter of carrying our expensive, branded tablet everywhere. Personally I am not planning to buy a second “branded” tablet to increase my comfort when in remote places but I could really consider to buy a second, not the top, device if it is really cheap. I am sure it will be a little be slower and less performant than the one I use every day but what does it matter if its price will be just a fraction of my main tablet?
For above marketing reasons Amazon is planning to sell a low-cost 50 USD tablet before the end of the year.
On one end the attended success of this marketing strategy could be read as another way to chain its customers to the brand. On the other end low-cost tablets represent a real remunerative economic niche that worths a good slice of the market (and consequently a lot of money).
Moreover the tablet market starts to be “mature” and this niche could be one of the last ones before the decline. Moreover Ubuntu is coming…
In fact Ubuntu is actively working on a new generation of tablets that will run a native version of Linux. The tablet devices we are using today have enough power to smoothly run some of the main common Linux OS and overcome the main problems that were registered when some “primitive” Linux tablets were launched some years ago.
For this reason Linux enthusiasts like me hope in something new… and useful in the near future. Cross your fingers!