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Chinese white box tablet makers get leftover iPad screens

updated 11:05 am EDT, Sun July 3, 2011

Chinese clone tablets get excess Android

Chinese tablet makers making white box (no-name) iPad clones are in many cases getting millions of Apple's own leftover iPad screens, the Taiwan supply chain detailed this weekend. With LG Display and Samsung making between 12 million to 15 million of the 9.7-inch IPS panels, no more than nine million go to Apple and leave millions that haven't met Apple's standards but which are often good enough to use, Digitimes said. Android tablets like SmartDevices' SmartQ T10 (pictured) as well as those from AGSO and Wanlida are in many cases not just using the excess displays but trying to copy Apple.

Some of the excess supply is being stockpiled for Foxconn so it can help accommodate added production during the summer, when Apple could have between 12 million and 14 million iPads. A significant number of those rejected by Apple might be those with bleeding backlights. Whether or not those are going to devices like the SmartQ T10 isn't certain, although the issue is sometimes more cosmetic than functional.

The use of the screens is ironic but may also be dictated by the realities of other companies making tablets. Acer, LG, Motorola, Samsung, RIM, and other top-tier tablet companies are often using widescreen displays that wouldn't let a company more directly imitate the iPad. The leftover display stock from these companies might also not be enough to establish a business where Apple's dominance of the tablet market means even its supply overruns are large enough to supply whole companies.

The firms may be willing to use sub-par Apple screens since they're often much more dependent on price in the lower income Chinese economy. The SmartQ T10 costs the equivalent of $293, well under the $570 Apple charges for the more advanced but premium iPad 2 in the country.

By Electronista Staff


  1. SockRolid

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Jan 2010


    Makes perfect sense

    Even the best Android iPad clones are junky. Might as well round out the line with some bottom-feeders as well. Adds perfect symmetry to the line.

    It's Android's biggest opportunity in the iPad clone space. The no-name, white box, e-waste-ready shameless ripoff market.

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    All the non-Apple tablet

    vendors are getting iPad-reject displays. Haha. Maybe Apple should have in the component vendor's contract to have those substandard displays completely destroyed.

    Oh, look... I just bought an Android tablet filled with iPad-reject components. I'm so happy because I saved a few dollars. Huh!, WTF?

  1. bredlo

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 1999



    Sorry, an iPad "clone" without iOS ain't an iPad *anything*.

  1. imNat-imadouche

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2011


    Shouldn't Apple

    then reject all its screen considering the screen bleeds currently on ipad 2. I guess Apple standards isn't what it used to be

  1. CmdrGampu

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    Joined: Aug 2009



    Apple can't demand items be destroyed unless it pays for them. They'd be stupid to pay for rejected parts they're not going to use.

  1. aristotles

    Grizzled Veteran

    Joined: Jul 2004


    Breaking News....

    Android tablet mfgs settle for using substandard parts, film at 11.

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