India’s $35 Tablet is the Hivision SpeedPad, A Chinese Tablet

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  1. anoop_mig25

    anoop_mig25 Senior Member Senior Member

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    Pathik Shah - Saturday, 11th Sep 2010 http://techie-buzz.com/tech-news/indias-35-tablet-is-the-hivision-speedpad-a-chinese-tablet.html

    You must surely remember the $35 Indian tablet for students that was announced with much fanfare by the HRD ministry more than a month back. At first, the tech community was rightfully skeptical, anyone would doubt such claims, after the $10 laptop debacle which had shamed the Indian Govt before.

    But then, exactly a month back, Mr. Kapil Sibal, appeared on NDTV Gadget Guru, a tech show with a prototype of the $35 Android tablet in hand and demoed it before the world. It was real, was powered by Android and was definitely worth its price. Everyone started acknowledging and lauding India’s technological and manufacturing prowess and many experts heralded India’s arrival at the tech world stage.

    “In 2011, the Sun, will rise for the children of India”, proclaimed HRD Minister, Kapil Sibal at the launch of the tablet.

    However, some things are just too good to be true. Yesterday, it was revealed that the $35 tablet by India was actually the Hivision Speedpad, a $100 Android tablet made in China. It was actually unveiled at CeBIT 2010 and received wide coverage as the cheapest Android tablet on display. The specifications and the design of both tablets are exactly the same. In hindsight, I’m surprised no one discovered this earlier.

    Apparently, the HRD ministry was just planning to buy the tablets from China in bulk, subsidize them to reach the $35 target price and was hoping that no one would notice. The contract awarded to HCL was just for testing the tablets, not for manufacturing them
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    guys now plz find out whats truth . has Mr. Kapil Sibal lied to country or this blogger is lying? any way culprit must be tryed for spreading lies

    i had not posted any pic . full details with videos are on link i provided

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    http://ibnlive.in.com/blogs/jaimonjoseph/326/62006/is-indias--35-laptop-really-indian.html
     
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  3. Tshering22

    Tshering22 Sikkimese Saber Senior Member

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    Now I am getting worried about all the indigenous projects that we're having....
     
  4. Shaitan

    Shaitan Zandu balm all day Senior Member

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    Pretty damn silly of India to make such a big deal of this and it turns out its not even India's. Like WTF was the point!? Creating such a silly hype..
     
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    Rage DFI TEAM Stars and Ambassadors

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    How is a $35 Ipad made in India the same as a $99 Tablet made in China? Just by its looks? Because it uses the same (open-source) operating software?

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the Indian Ipad doesn't use the same ARM11 Samsung processor.

    Also Kapil Sibal has signed a deal with HCL, to provide "testing infrastructure" for the project. Something they'd be unlikely to provide, if it was their product.
     
  6. abirbec04

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    The guy who wrote the blog does have little knowledge about exactly what he writes about. In fact it is legitimately possible that the Chinese in their frenzy to copy things and one-upmanship came up with the copied version of the tablet design. Plus they don't use the same processor. Just because they look the same it doesn't mean they are the same. The chinese also built J-10, but isn't it really the Israeli Lavi?

    The Indian Govt. knows the problems with intellectual property rights and patent violations. So unless this blogger knows something that the whole world doesn't know it is a BS story. Doesn't he think that by now after the release of both the tablets the Chinese would have staked its claim on it just like they do for other things including Arunachal as somewhat mythical Southern Tibet.

    Utter BS. This is an Indian tablet and one whose manufacturing has been done solely in India by a host of different eminent Institutes including the IITs and IIMs. Unless he can prove that the Chinese designed it and the Indians copied it from the Chinese and are now saying it is theirs this story is utter crap as with all other things, the price points are different. The Indian one is almost 1/3rd the price of the Chinese one, why is it so? Are the components different? If that be the case then you have to ask, who had the original design.
     
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    Is this a chinese design too?
     
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    It is clear from this video that they say maybe the initial manufacturing will be done in Taiwan or some other place then come to India. No wonder Chinese have a similar device. :emot15:

    But Mr. Blogger must understand that Govts don't just go on a press release if they are unsure about the patent scenario. There is a specific mention about the chip and they also state that most of the stuff is actually available off the shelf. Furthermore it is a known fact that GOI invited designs from many sources and settled on this one.

    The pictures are also different - this is the one that Mr. Sibal unveiled [​IMG]

    They do have another version which looks like the chinese unit but this one does not. This is the chinese one .. see for yourself

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  9. Phenom

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    I believe Kapil Sibal said something about the Tablet being designed from one of the IITs, (iirc Kharagpur), so I doubt that this story is true.

    Anyway there has never been a shortage of Indians who are eagerly waiting to undermine and demean India's achievement, so this blog is hardly surprising.
     
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