$100 iPad Killer?

Inc.com reports that a cheaper tablet is on the horizon.

It will run Google’s Android operating system and it will likely be sold by a Chinese computer company.

That’s the gist of reports in Bloomberg and The New York Times about tablet offerings by the likes of Via and Foxconn.

Ashlee Vance of The Times calls these little cheap tablets “flankers,” meaning not good enough to kill the $499 iPad, but “different enough to challenge the iPad with certain audiences.”

Whichever device prevails, the explosive popularity of tablets should be a boon to app entrepreneurs.

Bloomberg reports that the gadgets are expected to sell an estimated 46 million units by 2014, up from 7.6 million this year.

Photo by The New York Times.

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