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Chinese MacBook Air clone very close outside, uses new Atom

updated 08:15 pm EDT, Sat October 29, 2011

MacBook Air knock-off with future Atom shows

One of the many clone developers in the Shenzhen area of southern China, Shenzhen Technology, has produced a MacBook Air clone that may draw extra fire from Apple. Where most clones are conspicuously different on the outside, the unnamed 13-inch system spotted by Shanzhaiben is much closer to Apple's actual design and actually slightly smaller and lighter. Rather than use Intel's low-voltage Core i5, though, it's using the as yet unreleased 1.86GHz Atom N2800 based on the Cedar Trail platform, making it closer to a netbook.

The PC makes a number of other sacrifices to cater to a market known for wanting lower prices whenever possible. It carries the same 2GB of RAM but just a 32GB solid-state drive. Although it supposedly has a similar-capacity battery and a more efficient processor, it gets just half the battery life at 3.5 hours.

Some of Apple's more specialized technology has also gone away. MagSafe is replaced with a regular power connector, and the temporarily Mac-only Thunderbolt port has been replaced with an HDMI jack. Its trackpad is unlikely to support multi-touch; the OS choice is unknown but is likely Windows.

Shenzhen Technology is shipping the system in November and is estimated to be aiming for a 3,000 yuan renminbi ($471) price. Similar to some of the fake Apple stores, the company insists that it's an authentic Apple product and is hoping to fool locals. Apple only seldomly pursues Chinese clones, but it may be more inclined to chase after companies more directly imitating its products. [via Giz-China]

by MacNN Staff



  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    In China, notebooks are used as decoration

    So for those who cannot afford the genuine article, saving a few hundred dollars for decoration is not that bad.

  1. Zanziboy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Carbon Copy Cloner

    The lack of innovation despite the production capability is frightening.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    here you go again

    nothing new... fake Disney theme park, fake BMW, fake infant food, fake Apple laptop. Changing China is like changing from one religion to another.

  1. facebook_Pete

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Oct 2011


    I smell...

    Jealousy from China. Come on China!! Tell us how you really feel about Apple products and designs!

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Attention all status seekers!

    Re: "...the company insists that it's an authentic Apple product and is hoping to fool locals..."

    Or locals who buy it will know it's a fake. And they'll try to fool other locals. Instant cheap status symbol!

    But really, Apple needs to stop this one way or another. If a Chinese company started making counterfeit Chevy Camaros, GM would leap into action. We'll see.

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969


    32 GB HD? That's what you're going with?

    Seeing as my Sys+Lib+Apps clocks in at 20 GB and my (not very video intensive) user folder is at 62 GB, no clone for me! In fact, to graduate from my $999 white MacBook to a same-capacity-drive MBA, it won't be the $999 model, it'll be the $1499 4GB/256GB model. A better bet is the base MBP. Point being their entry-level machine is a serious downgrade in capacity.

  1. herojig

    Joined: Dec 1969


    without lion...

    without lion, it's just an expensive netbook. just like the iPhone knock offs here, no iOS, no experience - which is what you are really paying for, not the hardware.

  1. thinkman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What did you expect...

    ...from a country that has NO respect for Intellectual Property. Theft is in their DNA!

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