Apple takes in all the money to be made in the tablet hardware space. Rest of the vendors gets barely break even and makes money for Google :) . Google and Amazon has destroyed all chances of anyone making from hardware. EEs should work for free designing chips and hardware and Google is waiting to collect the benefits of that using its software and cheap device strategy
These tablets do have Flash storage and quite advance specifications .
For example one of the latest and popular Onda V812 Tablet has following spec:
(Available at Amazon for US$160)
Onda V812 Quad Core Specification:
Brand Onda MPN Onda V812 OS: Android 4.1.1 CPU: AllWinner A31 Quad Core ( ARM Cortex A7 – 1.2 GHz) GPU: Power VR SGX544MP2 8 Core RAM 2GB，DDR3 Storage 16GB Screen: Capacitive Touchscreen, 1024*768 resolution Size: 8 inch Resolution: 1024*768 IPS Camera Dual camera: Front 0.3 MP, back 5.0 MP Extend Card Support TF card up to 32GB extended Gravity Sensor Yes Multi-Touch Yes, 5 points touch Gravity Sensor Yes Bluetooth NO Flash Support Flash 11.1 3G Not built in, support external 3G dongle: E1916, ZTE AC2736, HUAWEI E1750, HUAWEI EC122, HUAWEI EM770W WIFI Yes, 802.11 b/g/n Video: 4K (4096×2304) HD Videp Play with formats of MP4/3GP/3G2/RM/RMVB/ASF/FLAC/APE/MOV etc. Music MP3/WMA/FLAC/APE/WAV/RA/Ogg/MIDI/3GP etc. Ebook UMD, TXT, PDF, HTML, RTF, FB2... Battery : Li-Poly 4500mAh Work Time Up to 4-6 hours Onda V812 Weight 478g Onda V812 Size 199.8*152.5*9.8mm
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What is a high end tablet? I have come to find that answer difficult to answer. You can have a good product with low NAND storage which pushes the prices low. It has good processor but one of the main cost factors is low, it does not make it low end. The same applies to some expensive tablets that have bloated metrics but are just expensive. Though we see this packaging as different, most of these devices have a lot in common.