Chinese device makers have a long history of cloning the design of popular products and selling knockoffs at rock bottom prices. Next in line? Microsoft’s upcoming Surface tablet.

The Surface is a tablet with a 10.6 inch display, Windows RT or Windows 8 software, and a “smart cover” with a touch-sensitive keyboard built in.

Microsoft plans to start selling the first Surface tablets in October. But Chinese manufacture FView is already working on a Surface clone.

13.3" Windows Pad

TechDigest spotted promotional material for the Surface knockoff at the IFA trade show in Berlin.

While the image shows a tablet that looks a lot like the Surface (in fact, it might even be a picture of the Surface), there are a few key differences.

First up, the tablet will run Google Android 4.1, and may be able to dual boot Windows 8 as well. Second, it will have a 13.3 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display — which seems kind of big (and low resolution) for this type of device.

The cleverly-named 13.3″ Windows Pad will be powered by an unspecified 1.6 GHz dual core processor and will feature WiFi and Bluetooth.

And that’s about all we know about the product at this point. I wouldn’t be surprised if the device actually looks quite different if and when it launches. I also wouldn’t be shocked if it never launches. But I’ve seen enough Chinese knockoffs that it also wouldn’t surprise me if this Surface-clone hit the streets soon, possibly in advance of the real Surface launch.

via reddit

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8 replies on “Microsoft Surface tablet clone runs Android (and Windows 8)”

  1. MS Surface RT looks like a cheap knockoff to begin with. The advantage of this other knockoff is that it sounds like it dual boots Windows 8 ARM and Android.

  2. No thanks, I’ll wait for the real thing. It’ll probably fall apart within the first month lol.


    1. They will go away the day you start manufacturing your own shit, Shit Head!

    2. Thanks to China for the Apple and Dell computers, keeps our pricing very competitive. Get your head out of your as__..

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