Communist government in China has always tried to come up with and try to use custom made devices so that tabs on media and people can be kept. Everybody knows that there no such thing called “freedom of speech and expression” in China.
Now here is a device that communists have been waiting for. Here comes RedPad Number One, a 9.7-inch tall Android 3.2 tablet which is being marked as China’s alternative to the Apple iPad.
The device has been launched recently in China. The RedPad was built especially for Communist Party members and enthusiasts. It will compete against foreign brands and at the same time, cater to the tech needs of the country’s bureaucrats and government workers. The retail price of RedPad is 9,999 yuan (about $1,600) and this price makes it twice as expensive as the Apple iPad in Asia’s markets.
The tablet has 16GB of storage and it comes with a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels and a Tegra 2 processor. RedPad’s prominent features include access to government-owned newspapers and blogs.
An online survey conducted by China’s 91 Wen Yen found that people believe the tablet would be a “symbol of privilege,” as translated on CNET.
Do you think this “Red Version” of iPad will help communist leaders keep tabs on the media and blogs? Post your opinion.