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As sales of tablet computers continue to rise in Brazil, manufacturers are investing in the very lucrative business of making low-cost devices for the masses.
Huge demand from consumers who cannot afford higher-spec devices from the likes of Apple or Samsung - or simply want to give the technology a try - means the Brazilian high street is now awash with tablets costing R$300 ($123) or less.
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According to technology analyst IT Data, low-cost devices represent 64 percent of all tablets sold in Brazil in the second quarter of 2013.
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Many cheaper tablets on offer in Brazil are manufactured by Chinese companies, often unheard of by most Brazilians. According to Ivair Rodrigues, an analyst at research firm IT Data, there is still a consumer appetite for those devices, despite the lower quality standards.
"Last week, a large Brazilian retailer was selling [Chinese] tablets for R$249 ($102), but they are actually disposable. If there is an issue, the retailer will just replace it instead of messing around with customer support," Rodrigues says.
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