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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
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      the chinese company anticipated this back when they released it. they knew from the rumor mill what it would most likley look like. besides there's no copyright infingement here anyways. otherwise every flat panel tv or desktop would be infringing on each others basic idea. this company is just mad about their small penis.
    1. Bernie-Mac's Avatar
      Bernie-Mac -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      1.5 hours of battery life?! Woo hoo!
      Lmao. Bring it on!! I want a knock-off that cares about me as well. Does the iPad care if I hurt my eyes staring at its screen for 10 hours? Nope. This does tho, how thoughtful to turn off its display after an hour and a half so i dont strain my eyes too much. No wonder there is a billion of the Chinese, they are so nice and thoughtful

      Quote Originally Posted by niqolas619 View Post
      I don't know what's funnier - the fact that a copier is suing the company it is trying to copy the product from , or the fact that the copier actually made a better version than the original company! Outside of the battery life, the Chinese's company's version outperforms crApple in every category!!!
      I would literally pay money to watch you have both products side by side, have you use both for 30 minutes each, and have you then say to me, with a straight face, that the Chinese knock-off is better. I bet my new iPad it wont happen
    1. quaine's Avatar
      quaine -
      Apple will counter attack them, because they copied Apple's iPhone but, a bigger version. Apple was the first with the iPhone, basicly they copied Apple because they made a bigger one.
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by pauldanielash View Post




      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

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

      PRICE
      P88: reports range from $440 - $525 US
      iPad: $499 - $829 US
      Dude. get me one of those. forget the ipad lol. 3 usb ports???? 160 gig? **** YES.
    1. xxhorseriderxxx's Avatar
      xxhorseriderxxx -
      Quote Originally Posted by gtopilot View Post
      the only thing the apple lawyers have to do is show the judge an iphone and say...."we took out the calling feature and made it bigger."

      case dismissed.
      awesome, rofl
    1. iLaw-One's Avatar
      iLaw-One -
      Rubbish !!!!! Since when did it become legal to steal???
      Insult on injury....to think these clowns have the guts to even consider sueing?
      They should just be locked up period !
    1. christoforo's Avatar
      christoforo -
      wouldn't that be illegal for these companies.
    1. davedave1234's Avatar
      davedave1234 -
      Maybe it's the fact that I don't care for OSX but besides the awfull battery life I would rather have the full OS then another iPhone with a bigger screen. I bet you could run osx on it for you mac guys.
    1. Vathgol's Avatar
      Vathgol -
      Quote Originally Posted by davedave1234 View Post
      Maybe it's the fact that I don't care for OSX but besides the awfull battery life I would rather have the full OS then another iPhone with a bigger screen. I bet you could run osx on it for you mac guys.



      Man I love running OSX...hehehe.... OSX only costs $170 for 5 activation key...then buy VMFusion to run Windows in the background.....Works great on a PC..No need to pay the overpriced $50 gazillion dollars on a MAC when I can just put it on PC that costs a fraction.. I can get the same functions and features just without the price tag....
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      dude your signature is pissing me off, get one that takes up less ******* room. but you're right, no need to buy a mac. but there is also no reason to run any apple software.

      Me: gee, i'd like to resize this window!

      PC: ok, since i'm easy to use, you can click a corner, or edge, and drag me around!

      MAC: ok, just grab my bottom right corner!

      Me: but what if i want to pull over the left side of the window?

      PC: then pull over the left side!

      Mac: too ******* bad! and i won't change to your whims becomes i've got aluminum! oh sheeeyit!
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      This is just funny...Must be "little man syndrome"
      That's a bit unfair....

      Apple aren't that small
    1. leram84's Avatar
      leram84 -
      HA... I'd rather have the P88
    1. giancarlo's Avatar
      giancarlo -
      if this happens then i literally lost all hope for the legal system....not humanity though because according to Denzel Washington in the end all we need is a Bible.....
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      Wow. Was actually looking at possibly getting this, til I saw the battery life.