VIA reveals $100 tablet devices containing its chips will offer a cheaper alternative to the iPad in the second half of 2010. These devices will run Android and will be based on the ARM architecture.
About five different models, ranging in price from $100 to $150, will be available, Richard Brown, vice president of marketing at Via, said in an interview. The new computers, made by the company’s Chinese customers, will run Google Inc.’s Android operating system.
Via-powered machines are joining the flood of competitors to the iPad, which Apple Inc. introduced last month. Apple sold a million of the devices in their first month on sale, showing that consumers may be ready to accept tablets after years of shunning them. Apple’s iPhone already competes with Android in the market for smartphones, with the Google software running devices from HTC Corp. and Motorola Inc.