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  • Send in the Clones: iPad Copycats Proliferate


    With the iPad poised for its Saturday launch in the United States, rival companies are working on similar products to get a piece of a new market that's expected to grow rapidly. ABI Research expects four million tablets to ship this year, with 57 million hitting the market in 2015. Processor manufacturer ARM is so confident that the iPad clone market is about to take off that it's reserved more space at a big trade show in Taiwan this summer, specifically to show off ARM-based tablets. And the inevitable Chinese knockoffs have begun appearing: everything from outsize iPhones to an ARM-powered lookalike supposedly running a version of the Android OS skinned to look like the Apple interface.

    ARM is the dominant mobile processor manufacturer, with 98% of all mobile phones using at least one ARM chip in their design. The company held a press conference in Taipei yesterday to show off two new tablet devices featuring their silicon. One will run Android OS and Windows CE, and come in 7-inch and 10.1-inch screen sizes, while the other Android device had a smaller screen and showed off Ubiquitous's QuickBoot technology. Roy Chen, ARM's worldwide mobile computing ODM manager, told Computerworld that he expected no fewer than fifty iPad clones this year. "The first tablet devices will launch in the second quarter by [mobile network] carriers," he said. "You'll see a lot more in the third quarter."

    Meanwhile, the crazy cloners of southern China aren't waiting for the market to grow: according to Korea IT Times, the shanzhai (counterfeit) electronics companies in Shenzhen believe that bogus tablets will be more profitable than fake cell phones, and are all working on iPad lookalikes. "If you're going to copy, then copy the most expensive and the most popular," said a representative of the clone maker Teso at a recent trade show in Shenzhen. Teso, which makes MacBook Air clones, says it's going to be making a shanzhai iPad in about four months that will run Android and retail for 1200 (about $175 US). But an unnamed company may have beat them to the punch (or not): a supposed iPad clone was shown on Shanzai.com. Sporting a 10-inch screen, the Android tablet is a perfect replica of the iPad... at least in the pictures. Also pushing a fake iPad is manufacturer Shenzhen Huayi, whose "jumbo iPhone" retails for 2000 ($290 US). "The success of iPhonish product is a matter of life or death for us," Shenzhen Huayi president told Ming Pao Weekly.

    The netbook manufacturing giant ASUSTeK is also planning on releasing tablet devices this year. Chairman Jonney Shih told Forbes Asia that his company is working on two designs: one running Windows CE, and the other running either "Chrome, or the mobile operating system, Android." Since there isn't a released version of the Chrome OS yet, though, it's possible the device will first ship with Android… or else it won't be available until Chrome OS is, later this year.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Send in the Clones: iPad Copycats Proliferate started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. The Maestro's Avatar
      The Maestro -
      Your always gonna get a clone, that device in the pic made me laugh
    1. ltoms76's Avatar
      ltoms76 -
      true. my ipad has been scanned and is shipping from china today! cmon saturday!!
    1. romeoz's Avatar
      romeoz -
      I cant wait for the jailbreak... :-)
    1. ltoms76's Avatar
      ltoms76 -
      I know right!? imagine the possiblities!!!!!!!!! lol
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Quote Originally Posted by romeoz View Post
      i cant wait for the jailbreak... :-)
      +3 haaahaahahaha.
    1. Effenpig!'s Avatar
      Effenpig! -
      More crap
    1. SSzretter's Avatar
      SSzretter -
      Probably going to be like the look-a-like iPod Touch I bought my daughter for $20 - it plays music well, but has very little functionality, poor UI and the touch (and other) tech are not even close.
    1. Effenpig!'s Avatar
      Effenpig! -
      They will be like all the other clones with no access to any kinds of apps, resistive touch, hellish UI, etc., etc.
    1. giorgos_rou's Avatar
      giorgos_rou -
      Resistive touch? Don't take that for granted.
      There are iPhone clones with capacitive screen, as well.
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by romeoz View Post
      I cant wait for the jailbreak... :-)
      a jailbroken ipad won't do anything that a jailbroken ipod can't, why don't you seem to understand that?
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      it be funny if everyone getting an iPad from china accidentally get a iPad knock-off instead lmao
    1. chrisrotolo's Avatar
      chrisrotolo -
      this looks ginormous,

      if it has some of the iphone clone extra features, like dual sims, maybe a built in camera, etc..

      and half the price... I might check it out
    1. mudrock1000's Avatar
      mudrock1000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by lolcats1 View Post
      a jailbroken ipad won't do anything that a jailbroken ipod can't, why don't you seem to understand that?
      I understand that, but I'm thinking more along custom ROMS, overclocking of it, etc etc. The droid has a 600 mhz and is clocked up to 1.2 ghz at least and runs fine. Imagine how high this might be able to go ;D
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      overclocking? this isn't a gaming comp bro
    1. Success.Is.Sweet's Avatar
      Success.Is.Sweet -
      Quote Originally Posted by mudrock1000 View Post
      I understand that, but I'm thinking more along custom ROMS, overclocking of it, etc etc. The droid has a 600 mhz and is clocked up to 1.2 ghz at least and runs fine. Imagine how high this might be able to go ;D
      It'll never happen on the iPad. Luckily you can do that with your Nexus One. Have you tried CyanogenMod yet? It's amazing.