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HAITI-TABLET/
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March 16, 2014
A worker assembles Android-based tablets from imported components at the Surtab factory in the Sonapi...
Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
A worker assembles Android-based tablets from imported components at the Surtab factory in Port-au-Prince...
A worker assembles Android-based tablets from imported components at the Surtab factory in the Sonapi Industrial Park of Port-au-Prince March 11, 2014. Sandwiched between textile factories in a Port-au-Prince industrial park next to a slum, the Haitian-founded company has begun manufacturing the low-cost tablet called Surtab, a name closely resembling the Haitian Creole for "on the table". With $200,000 in start-up funds from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and using imported Asian components, the factory produces three models all with 7-inch (18-cm) screens that run on Google Inc's Android operation system. They range from a simple wifi tablet with 512 megabytes of RAM for about $100, to a 3G model with 2-gigabytes of memory for $285. The small factory with 40 employees is a throwback to the 1970s and 1980s when Haiti had a thriving assembly industry, including computer boards, as well as baseballs for U.S. professional teams. To match story HAITI-TABLET/ Picture taken March 11, 2014. REUTERS/Marie Arago (HAITI - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
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