Thailand orders a million Android tablets for schools

May 15, 2012

India's Aakash tablet has garnered most of the attention in the Android education space for the last few months. But Thailand is making its own government-subsidized tablet push, and naturally they've chosen Android. The country has allocated $32.8 million to ship just under a million tablets to its 6-8-year-old students, with 400,000 shipping out within the next 90 days. The second half of the program, with another 530,000 tablets, is expected to cost another $33 million.

Digital Trends reports that Thailand is courting Chinese manufacturer Shenzhen Scope for the hardware, which costs $81 per unit. The Scopad SP0712 has some impressive specs, all things considered: a 7-inch screen, a 1.5ghz single-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Best of all, they'll be running Ice Cream Sandwich, presumably mostly unmodified from the publicly available source code. Dang, where can I buy one? (note: there's no photo yet - the picture above is a mock-up.

Currently the manufacturer is reserving a large portion of its capacity just for Thailand, pumping out 24,000 tablets every day. As the country's demands increase, the company will increase its production. Even at the razor-thin margins that the government must be giving them, it's a tidy profit. And a million new and eager Android tablet users will surely help the platform itself to expand.

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