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Unofficial count has 100 iPad clones shown at CES, more soon

updated 12:55 pm EST, Mon January 24, 2011

About 76 tablets and e-readers shipped at CES

An unofficial tracker from Shawn Dubrovac has revealed the sheer extent to which companies leapt on the tablet market following the early success of the iPad. The list shows at least 100 tablets and crossover e-readers having shipped, including not just major entries such as the BlackBerry PlayBook and Motorola Xoom but also relative newcomers such as Enspert's Identity Tab line and Notion Ink Adam. The list factors in 24 generic tablets at Freescale's booth.

The list isn't complete and doesn't include some close relatives, such as Enspert's S200 VoIP Home Hub, and devices that have been confirmed officially or otherwise but weren't formally unveiled at the show. HTC's Flyer and Scribe are known to be in the works. Samsung has vowed a 10-inch Galaxy Tab along with a near-certain, seven-inch sequel.

Almost all of the tablets shown were running Android, but some ran Linux and Windows.

Many of the companies involved aren't known to have had plans to develop tablets until last year and are widely thought to have been reacting to Apple's announcement and later success of its own tablet, which sold 14.8 million units in 2010. Some of these won't ship until mid-year, such as Toshiba's Android 3.0 tablet, but companies regularly feel pressured to unveil at CES as the biggest technology event of the year.

by MacNN Staff



  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Might as well call it CTS (Consumer Tablets Show) with Apple iPad as the main dominant booth.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Apple doesn't go to CES; they weren't there. Never are.

  1. Eldernorm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Poor article

    Saying that these iPad clones are like an iPad is like saying that a VW bug is like a tractor trailer. You know, they both drive on the highway...... so they are the same....

    Sorry, tablets have been around for 10 years and never gained traction. Now we but them in the same box, add a touch keyboard and assume that people will buy them because they love the iPad format..... sorry, I do not think so.

    Just a thought,

  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    All playing catch up...

    to the leader Apple. Without Apple these copy cat wannabe would not have a clue on how to innovate.

  1. boris_cleto

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Most will be lucky

    To have sales of 100.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I always thought you defined a 'clone' as something that tried to completely mimic the original. None of these try to do that. The only 'clones' (or closest ones) are the ones in China which are blatant rip-offs/copies.

    If all these are iPad clones, then the iPad is a Kindle clone.

  1. TomMcIn

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Clone Development Costs

    I wonder how much research and development money went into these new products versus the money that Apple has put into the iDevices?

    Unfortunately, there are enough gullible people out there that will buy some of these near-clones. When they realize they have been duped, the company will be long gone. No worries, Google and Android will be there to clean up the mess.

  1. Grendelmon

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Yes, MacNN... they are all "iPad clones."

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