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I dunno if I can actually share this or not, but too bad. My company has been in close talks with Li Xin, the maker of the aPad (the actual guy who MADE the aPad), and this is what he told me in his last email: "hi johnif you need 16k apad, the wholesale price is $***, 500pcs per day, 30days in all. i improve my apad irobot main board next week,the quality will be better ,welcome to shenzhen to visit my factory and our ODM office.next year ,we will produce more than tow models android tablet.RK2818 IMX515 8 " android2.1 2.2I hope we can cooperate happilylixin"
 

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geniouslin;16155 said:
hm this is interesting but how do you manage to sell 16k apads tho? and how about the retail price if you don't mind me asking?
You need to understand something first. What I'm doing isn't just installing new firmware and reselling. My company is installing new firmware, creating desktop applications specifically for managing the device (Think Windows Mobility Center, but not as crappy and geared specifically for the aPad, which we're rebranding the ITCH), creating a multitude of accessories for the tablet, etc etc, as well as providing 24/7 phone support for the device. We're basically turning the aPad into a business-friendly but still teeny-bopper desirable tablet. That being said, MY company is selling for $350. Will you want to buy from me? Not at that price. That price is for those who want the support and stuff, like the contract my company has going with restraunts and stuff.
 

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[quote name='rogerbraun;16399]Well' date=' maybe an order of 16k aPads could persuade them to give us the damn sources...[/QUOTE'] They never had the sources to begin with, according to Li Xin. From what I can gather through the chinenglish, they received a generic build via Rockchip, not that it makes much sense because of the custom hardware that they and every else obviously uses to build their devices. I'm not going to post on a forum what the price of the wholesale tablet is to preserve the sanctity of the relationship I've built with Li. EDIT: Removed the price. Snooze you loose
 

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Darexius;16461]They never had the sources to begin with said:
So if you have to know, they wholesale for $78.[/SIZE] If you're smart, you'll know where the price is ;) No I'm not insulting you guys, it's just you can find the price yourself in plain black and white.
That's not actually the typical wholesale price. That's for 16k units. Most vendors are receiving their units for around 700-800RMB. If you can afford that big of an order, you should go visit their factory and work with them for a liable RK2808 platform like the Archos 7 HT. The Apad, based on the same chipset, has a lot of issues as it is. There's no new Apad next week. If anything, there's a new revision RK2808a mainboard for the Apad (the blue LED one). Finally, about kernel sources. Assembly is different than the mainboard manufacturing. If you want a stable platform, it might be better to get something straight from the horse's mouth (Rockchip).That wholesale price he quoted you probably means that he ends up paying workers 15RMB an hour. That's the trade off with dealing with these factories. If you can get the factory to pay their workers slightly more humane wages, I would have some respect for you as an investor. These factories have worse conditions than the mess Foxconn is in with Apple's orders. Just think about how much the components cost on the open market. Think about it.
 

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I will have to research these blue LED apads in more detail. I saw the thread but honestly just blew through it. Our contract for the order should be completed within the next 4-6 weeks, and as such depending on the interest, I will most likely order more than that so as to supply to Slatedroid. I fully intend on going to the Shenzen factory and working out some details in person, and talking about the conditions of the plant for workers was one of the things brought up in a meeting last week. If people are producing product for me, I want them to be in tip top condition, not haphazardly throwing things together. Now, whether this means getting THEM to supply better conditions or just straight up buying the plant (we haven't ruled that out), it has to happen and it WILL happen. One thing to keep in mind though is how much my company has to front to make that happen. It won't be overnight. Now, with the kernel source, Shenzen is an OEM. I have been trying to grab hold of someone at Rockchip but as you can tell by their site, their support is next to nothing. Placing a phone call doesn't net any results either. [quote name='xaueious;16508]That's not actually the typical wholesale price. That's for 16k units. Most vendors are receiving their units for around 700-800RMB. If you can afford that big of an order' date=' you should go visit their factory and work with them for a liable RK2808 platform like the Archos 7 HT. The Apad, based on the same chipset, has a lot of issues as it is. There's no new Apad next week. If anything, there's a new revision RK2808a mainboard for the Apad (the blue LED one). Finally, about kernel sources. Assembly is different than the mainboard manufacturing. If you want a stable platform, it might be better to get something straight from the horse's mouth (Rockchip). That wholesale price he quoted you probably means that he ends up paying workers 15RMB an hour. That's the trade off with dealing with these factories. If you can get the factory to pay their workers slightly more humane wages, I would have some respect for you as an investor. These factories have worse conditions than the mess Foxconn is in with Apple's orders. Just think about how much the components cost on the open market. Think about it.[/QUOTE']
 
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