It’s a craze.
They are the AllWinner tablets.
During good economic times, Americans mostly preferred the simplicity of being employees of someone else, performing predictable work, during predictable hours, and receiving a predictable pay check: a pay check big enough that they had no difficulty buying their own home, sending the kids to school and summer camp, maybe buying a small cottage on a lake somewhere to vacation in the summer.
Anyone but the most idealistic politico will admit that the American economy has been bad for a long time. Official statistics released to the public claim unemployment rates are below 8%, which is still three times the acceptable level, but the numbers are carefully categorized to avoid revealing how bad the situation really is:
From the official US Bureau of Labor Statistics web site:
Persons are classified as unemployed if they do not have a job, have actively looked for work in the prior 4 weeks, and are currently available for work. http://www.bls.gov/cps/lfcharacteristics.htm#unemp
In other words, if the person has become demoralized so that they have not LOOKED for work in the last four (4) weeks, or if they have become so jaded that they are content living on food stamps and welfare, the statistics exclude them: they are not considered unemployed. These statistics do not even try to account for those who technically have a job, but are paid so little that it is impossible for them to provide for themselves and their families.
In reality about 29% of the working age population is not working and many more are drastically under employed to the point that it is impossible for them to remain both sheltered and fed.
So as time changes, Americans are also changing. In this case, more and more citizens are remembering the ideals and attitudes that caused America to become the strongest economy on earth for two centuries: they are learning again how to buy and sell for profit, but this time they are using State of the Art technology to connect American Entrepreneurs directly with international factories to purchase goods for resale to the American public at a price where they can actually sell the goods and turn a fair profit.
Most people know there is a massive bartering web site, eBay.com, where people can buy and sell things — almost anything — from junk (for pennies) to original issue comic books (for millions of dollars). But this was just the beginning — eBay is like a flea market, and when people buy at a flea market they expect unrealistic bargains. Enter the second piece that completes this puzzle: Alibabba.com.
By using Alibabba.com, small businesses in the US can collect bids from factories internationally, then purchase at prices allowing enough markup to supplement no or limited income. Those items can then be sold on eBay without need for the startup costs related to brick and mortar stores. The remaining piece was to have something the factories could make that entrepreneurs could sell, and that is where AllWinner comes in.
Allwinner Technology is a leading fabless design house dedicated to smart application processor SoC and smart analog IC, and its product line-up covers from multi-core application processors for smart devices to smart PMIC, etc.
With its cutting edges in UHD video CODEC, high-performance multi-core CPU/GPU integration, and ultra-low power consumption, Allwinner Technology now serves as a mainstream solution provider in the global tablet, UHD Android box, mobile connected device, as well as smart power management IC. Allwinner Technology is headquartered in Zhuhai, China.
AllWinner is a Chinese engineering company that produces ONLY DESIGNS, not goods. Their designs are then manufactured by hundreds of factories in China under what must be similar to a franchising agreement. These factories will sell internationally, and American small businesses can purchase, often in sample quantities (less than 100 pieces) or than production quantities (over 1000 pieces).
We will take apart one such device, the AllWinner Q88 form factor tablet J-Q733 with 7″ screen, A33 quad core processor, 512 megabytes of RAM, and 4 gigabytes of program storage, and unbox another, the J-Q133 10.1″ tablet with A33 quad core processor, 1 gigabyte RAM, 8 gigabytes storage. Read More >>>>