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iPad clone emerges running Android, custom UI

updated 11:40 am EDT, Tue March 30, 2010

iPad clone spotted with custom Android interface

An iPad clone from China has been spotted recently that represents the first overt attempt to mimic Apple's tablet. The device looks very near to the real thing, though its manufacturer remains unknown. It sports a 10-inch screen, though in a wider screen ratio and with an unidentified version of Android deliberately made up to replicate the iPad UI.

According to the Shanzai discoverer, processing power comes from a 600MHz ARM CPU, which like its Apple counterpart allows for a slim design. The original, in comparison, has a 9.7-inch screen and a 1GHz Apple A4 processor.

No other information is thus far known about the clone, though it is expected to cost somewhere in the region of the equivalent of $150. Unsurprisingly, no plans exist for exports to North America. Clones of Apple hardware are frequent in China but usually involve Windows CE or another older OS as well as more obvious differences in the interface.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    An Awful Lot Seems To Be Known ...

    ... about this unknown. We know what OS it's running, what processor is in it, its screen size ... everything but who photoshopped it.

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969



    That is one honkin' big iPad "clone" - obviously a fake photo.

  1. bearcatrp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    China is becoming..

    a bunch of thieves! The government doesn't do squat to go after these people in there country so there are probably in on it. Can't believe our country and other country does so much business with a bunch of THIEVES!

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Unique thinking

    Generally speaking, Chinese tend to think very little of intellectual property related to industrial design. In other words, if you design a radio, you get to be the first to benefit from that design by the head start you got yourself, before others see your design and begin building and selling their own radios.

    They generally see nothing wrong with taking apart a product, seeing how it works and re-creating exactly the same product on their own. Oftentimes, they take great pride in doing replicas of the original product, especially when the product involves software. In the example of the iPhone, the Meizu engineers were proud to have replicated the look of the iPhone screens, as well as some basic functionality, without using Apple's software. In other words, they did the software part on their own (customising WinMob), so that it looks like an iPhone as close as possible. Many Chinese simply don't consider this theft of intellectual property. It will take many years to re-educate country of two billion. What could speed up this process is internal (as well as external) theft of their own original IP, wherever it may be...

  1. Zaren

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not a live unit?

    Note that the screen shows exactly the same in each photo (a cursor just left of the calendar icon?), and the shadow from the device appears to be the same thickness / shape / size, regardless of what it falls on.

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Upon examination of photo, it looks fake.

    Except the chinese electronic knockoffs of apple products are junk in terms of functionality.

  1. bearhug9

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Made in China

    Before you start to take shots at china, where do you think the IPAD is manufactured and assembled?

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