Apple’s iPad mini features a 7.9 inch, 1024 x 768 pixel display, an Apple A5 processor, and iOS 6 operating system. It’s smaller than a full-sized iPad, and at $329 it’s also cheaper.
But it’s still kind of pricey compared to Android tablets like the Google Nexus 7 or Amazon Kindle Fire line of tablets, which have starting prices of less than $200.
If that’s still not cheap enough for you… there are always Chinese knockoffs.
GooPhone has already revealed a $99 iPad Mini clone that’s coming in November. The GooPad mini has an 8 inch display, a 1.4 GHz dual core processor, and a distinctly Apple-inspired design.
Sure, it won’t run iOS apps and I wouldn’t expect the kind of build quality we’ve come to expect from Apple products. But you could buy 3 GooPhone models and just keep replacing them as they break, while still spending $30 less than you’d spend on an iPad Mini.
Yeah, I’d opt for the Nexus 7 instead too.
Anyway, the GooPad mini Clone has a 1024 x 768 pixel display, a 2MP rear camera and a 0.3Mp front-facing camera. It features 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and Android 4.1 software.
I haven’t seen an actual photo of the GooPad mini yet — the company seems to just be using Apple’s iPad Mini promo shot.
Oddly, this isn’t the first iPad Mini look-a-like we’ve seen. One showed up a few weeks ago… before the iPad Mini was even released. That model was just a non-functional dummy, but it did look surprisingly like the tablet Apple actually introduced earlier this week.