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Meet the Chinese iPad Clone From Three Months Ago, and MSI's Future One

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Apple you do seem to inspire other manufacturers to fits of jealous device cloning, don't you? Here's news of two iPad clones, one of which actually pre-dates Apple's gizmo. We're pretty certain which direction the inspiration flowed though.

Over at Shanghaiist they've got the down-low on a tablet/slate PC manufactured by Shenzen Great Long Brother Industrial Co. which actually went on sale back in October 2009--the P88. That's it in the picture up there, and slap me if it doesn't look like the iPad's Irish twin.

The similarities don't stop at looks though: The device has a roughly 10-inch screen, fast processor (a 1.6 GHz Atom versus the iPad's A4 1GHz unit--the A4's actually more powerful), and similar weight (1.03kg compared to Apple's 0.73kg). It's actually cheaper than the iPad, though, at around $440 compared to the iPad's entry level $499. And for that $440 you seem to get more than Apple delivers--it's got a 160GB hard drive, 3 USB ports, VGA and RJ45 sockets, and a card reader.

Impressive. But here's two things you don't get with the P88: Battery life and genuine Apple design and UI. The P88 lasts a mere 1.5 hours unplugged from a wall-wart, compared to the iPad's promised 10 hour power. And since it sports Windows XP, the user experience differences to the iPad's slick interactivity will be obvious to everyone.

But if you're sniggering at this low-quality knock-off, then check this out:

MSI slate

It's MSI's planned slate PC, due for release in the second half of this year, and goodness me it doesn't half look like the iPad. It's got a 10-inch color touchscreen, wireless tech and a Tegra processor purring along inside. According to MSI's sales director Sambora Chen it'll also "be light-weight for mobility, while featuring all the functions of a regular notebook." Chen doesn't mention if that also includes abysmal battery performance, but though it'll out-perform the P88 we're guessing it's simply not going to live up to the iPad's battery life. Oh, and curiously it'll cost around $500. Sound familiar?

We already knew that the PC industry was working itself into a lather over tablet PCs, driven almost entirely by the rumor storm that preceded the iPad's arrival, but these two devices are so shamelessly Apple-tech clones that they stand clear of the rest of the crowd.

[Via Shanghaiist, Digitimes]

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  • rick gerhart

    Any one that reads Apple News would know that Apple has been designing and testing the ipad for about three years. Which makes me wonder .. Why didn't Dell or HP know this? Well the answer is simple, it is far less expensive to reverse engineer, than start from scratch. Recent comments state the obvious list ipads short comings. Even with the list of short comings Apple has managed to sell 500,000 units in USA in a matter of three weeks. Simply stated ipad Works!.. even with a so called list of limitations. Apple has established a base to work from, the iphone or have we forgotten so soon. So how can anyone say its stolen when basically the ipad is just an ipod on steroids.

  • Has ABrain

    "Here's news of two iPad clones, one of which actually pre-dates Apple's gizmo." - LOL. You are either "shamelessly" or brainless. How did someone clone Apple-tech before it is made? Maybe it is the other way around! Did Apple actually create anything fundamentally new? It only makes original ideas better.

  • John Smith

    I'm a little offended Mr. Eaton. Are you telling us that Apple products are high quality and the rest are not? Who says that Chinese product won't last longer than the iPad?

  • Dwight Lincoln

    Is it too outrageous to suggest in this tec age that apple might have stolen this tech from other hd designers?