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A $35 Tablet? (Yes, It Actually Works)

Get a glimpse of what's on the tech horizon with Foolish reports from the field at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show. Companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 launch and showcase thousands of products at the event, which attracts visitors from around the world.

A little price cut goes a long way, and the extreme low-end market for smartphones and tablets is growing fast. Unfortunately, it's not a market that's accessible to most investors.

There were countless trends emerging from CES 2014 this year, but the real question for investors is how to capitalize on these revolutionary opportunities. Fortunately for you, David Gardner has an idea or two on how to invest in these new emerging technologies -- and how you can profit. Get in on the ground floor now by clicking here.

A full transcript follows the video.

Eric Bleeker: Hey Fools, I'm Eric Bleeker, coming at you from CES. When you come to this show, you can really see the scale at play. While you might see on the news events from Sony  (NYSE: SNE  ) , Intel  (NASDAQ: INTC  ) , you name it, the show really extends forward with a lot of white label products.

What am I talking about by "white label?" Well, for example the booth behind me right here is selling 7" Android tablets with very reasonable specs for as low as $35. That's an important lesson.

When you're looking at, especially the low end Android market and you're maybe looking at some of the suppliers that can reach there, it's important to note that the very lowest ends; the ends driving growth in areas like China and other emerging markets, aren't really a place that's accessible to -- let alone high end manufacturers such as Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  )  or Samsung -- but, to a lower level, many of the component plays that even play in cheaper areas.

The competition is extremely intense for these kinds of products, so as you're looking at growth charts for areas like smartphones or tablets, remember that for every $10 you shave off the price of a smartphone, 100 million more customers can access the products. That's where we're seeing the growth right now, on that extreme low end.

If you're looking for investing opportunities based on this growth, by and large it's kind of passed by. That's why we're seeing service companies, especially like Baidu, rising so much in the past year; because it's those services that people can access, rather than hardware.

That's it for me and this check in from CES, but for all your news on the event, come back to Fool on!

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  • Report this Comment On January 16, 2014, at 10:15 AM, Waldo wrote:

    I'm sure you can find a nice car for $550.00 too. Would I drive it? Not on your life.

  • Report this Comment On January 16, 2014, at 2:06 PM, FoolinSD wrote:

    All talk & no specs (aside from mentioning its 7"). Couldn't even pan over to show the viewer the tablet?

  • Report this Comment On January 16, 2014, at 8:32 PM, TMFRhino wrote:


    Someone in India or China might. The Tata Nano sells for $2,000 in India. These tablets aren't meant for American consumers.


    Specs are similarly white label. You'll see a lot with processors from Rockchip. Some tablets even use scavenged PC memory. They're the definition of "good enough."

    Thanks for commenting!


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