At the end of July, the Indian government made a few waves by not only announcing, but showing off what they were calling the $35 Indian tablet. The device was based on an unknown Operating System (but Android had been ported to it in the past), and it was designed specifically to be a ridiculously inexpensive option for someone looking for a tablet device. It was also meant to be one of India’s pride and joy in the technological department, coming from the smartest minds in colleges within India. But, according to a new report, it looks like the $35 Indian tablet isn’t actually manufactured in India at all.
Normally, this wouldn’t be an issue. Pretty much every manufactured device, or thing on the planet comes from a manufacturing plant somewhere else, rather than where the company bases its headquarters. But, the Indian tablet was marketed as a “home grown” tablet. Courtesy of the Indian website AndroidOS, we have now information that shows that the tablet is actually a rebranded version of the HiVision manufactured SpeedPad, which was originally shown off at this year’s CeBIT. HiVision is based out of China.
As you can see from the image above, the similarities between the two devices is far too similar to ignore. Or to pass over as a “coincidence.” The CeBIT-shown SpeedPad is on the right, and the $35 Indian tablet is on the left. HiVision said they’d be selling the SpeedPad for around $100 when they launched it later this year. This does indeed add some major confusion to the situation, and we’re wondering when, or if, the Indian government will step forward and make a statement.