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03-31-2010, 11:15 AM #1
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.
Last edited by Paul Daniel Ash; 03-31-2010 at 11:20 AM. Reason: typos
03-31-2010, 11:19 AM #2
Your always gonna get a clone, that device in the pic made me laugh
03-31-2010, 11:27 AM #3
true. my ipad has been scanned and is shipping from china today! cmon saturday!!
03-31-2010, 11:37 AM #4
I cant wait for the jailbreak... :-)
03-31-2010, 11:43 AM #5
I know right!? imagine the possiblities!!!!!!!!! lol
03-31-2010, 12:05 PM #6
03-31-2010, 12:16 PM #7
03-31-2010, 12:42 PM #8
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.no signature spam please
03-31-2010, 12:47 PM #9
They will be like all the other clones with no access to any kinds of apps, resistive touch, hellish UI, etc., etc.
03-31-2010, 01:45 PM #10
Resistive touch? Don't take that for granted.
There are iPhone clones with capacitive screen, as well.
03-31-2010, 04:10 PM #11
03-31-2010, 04:27 PM #12
it be funny if everyone getting an iPad from china accidentally get a iPad knock-off instead lmao
03-31-2010, 05:22 PM #13ipad extended
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
03-31-2010, 05:35 PM #14
03-31-2010, 06:01 PM #15
overclocking? this isn't a gaming comp bro
03-31-2010, 07:17 PM #16