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  • "Shanzhai" iPad Cloner Threatens to Sue Apple


    Shanzhai (山寨) is a Chinese term that is used to described clone reproductions of popular cell phones. It's a huge business in China, with hundreds of millions of fake phones produced every year for the enormous Chinese market. Last year, one of the big shanzhai players came out with what was termed a "preemptive clone" of the iPad, before the device had even been announced. Now, that manufacturer is threatening to "report" or even sue Apple... for copying their design.

    Shanzai.com featured this device back in October. Called the P88, it's based on an Intel 945GSE chipset - likely running an Atom CPU - and features a large, 10.2 inch capacitive touchscreen (as compared to the iPad's 9.7 inch screen). Xiaolong Wu, the president of Shenzhen Great Loong Brother Industries Company, the company that makes the P88, told the Spanish newspaper El Mundo that he "won’t have any choice but to report" Apple when they sell the iPad in China. "It will certainly affect our sales,” he says. The product has been on the market for six months and so, according to Mr. Wu, Apple is guilty of "stealing" his company's intellectual property.

    I was very angry and flabbergasted when I saw the news of the iPad presentation two days ago... It is certainly our design. They've stolen because we present our P88 to everyone six months ago at the IFA (International Electronics Fair in Berlin).
    Wu added, ""For this thing we are not shanzhai, because we were first."

    Looking at the specs side by side, it seems pretty clear that the P88 is a fairly standard netbook, albeit one with a touchscreen.

    CPU
    P88: Intel Atom 1.6GHz
    iPad: 1GHz Apple A4 custom-designed chip

    SCREEN SIZE
    P88: 10.2 inches
    iPad: 9.7 inches

    STORAGE
    P88: 160GB mechanical hard drive
    iPad: Up to 64GB flash

    RAM
    P88:1GB
    iPad: unannounced

    WEIGHT
    P88: 1.03kg
    iPad: 0.73kg (3G model)

    PORTS
    P88: 3 USB ports, 1 VGA, 1 RJ-45, card reader, earphone, mic
    iPad: dock connector, with adapters

    BATTERY LIFE
    P88: 1.5 hours
    iPad: 10 hours (claimed)

    PRICE
    P88: reports range from $440 - $525 US
    iPad: $499 - $829 US

    Shenzhen Great Loong Brother Industries Company may not be alone in its (perhaps quixotic) battle against Apple, though: the Japanese electronics giant Fujitsu, which built a handheld computing device called the iPad back in 2002, claims it has the right to the name iPad. “It’s our understanding that the name is ours,” said Masahiro Yamane, the director of public relations at Fujitsu. He added that his company was consulting lawyers on what to do about it.

    According to Wikipedia, the word shanzhai has a colorful derivation:
    Historically, "shanzhai" is sometimes used as a metaphor to describe bandits who oppose and evade the corrupted authority to perform deeds they see as justified.
    image via shanzai.com
    This article was originally published in forum thread: "Shanzhai" iPad Cloner Threatens to Sue Apple started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post