It’s starting to seem like immutable law that if a company releases an innovative product, a Chinese company is going to produce a knockoff within a few months. And hot on the heels of the Gigabyte TouchNote T1028, a Chinese company has launched the 100 See Ban Gu which seems like a pretty obvious ripoff.
The knockoff features a 10.2 inch touchscreen display that can be folded down over the keyboard for use in tablet mode. And like the Gigabyte TouchNote, it has a thn touchpad with buttons on the left and right sides instead of below.
The laptop doesn’t look quite as polished as the TouchNote, but it will probably be a lot cheaper. Gigabyte’s touchscreen netbooks run as high as $699 in the US, although that’s the price for a model with a 1366 x 768 pixel display and 3G modem. No word on whether the 100 See Ban Gu will sport either of those features.
What the Chinese knockoff does have is your usual netbook specs including a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a 160GB hard drive.