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Goophone clones the (unannounced) all new HTC One

Apparently not content to simply clone high profile smartphones before they go on sale, the folks at Chinese device maker Goophone are going one step further. They’ve unveiled the Goophone M8, a smartphone that borrows heavily from the design of the not-yet-announced all new HTC One, also known as the HTC M8. HTC’s expected to introduce […]

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$300 Goophone S5 is a Samsung Galaxy S5 clone

Less than two days after Samsung introduced the Galaxy S5 smartphone, Chinese device maker Goophone copied Samsung’s design and introduced the Goophone S5. It’s a $300 handset that takes almost all of its design cues from Samsung… but it has slightly different hardware under the hood. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because on paper […]

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Lilbits (6-27-2013): Creeping toward Ubuntu 13.10

Ubuntu 13.10 isn’t due out until October, but one of the nice things about open source operating systems is that most of the development takes place in public. (I know, Ubuntu’s been getting some flak for working on skunkworks projects, but let’s ignore that for a moment). Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that […]

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HKC clones the Surface Pro, cuts some corners to keep the price low

The Microsoft Surface Pro is a premium Windows 8 tablet with a high-resolution display, a reasonably fast processor, support for pen or finger input, and an unusual design with a built-in kickstand and support for keyboard covers. It sells for $999 and up. But if you’re looking for a cheaper tablet with a similar design, […]

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$329 iPad mini too expensive? GooPhone has a $99 Android version

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, […]

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Microsoft Surface tablet clone runs Android (and Windows 8)

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 […]

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Chinese netbook thinks it’s a large phone with a slide-out keyboard

We’ve seen Chinese tablets that look like phones before. But the folks at Shanzhaiben have spotted something a bit different: a netbook that thinks it’s a phone. On paper the computer looks like a typical netbook with a 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N455 processor, 10 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, 160GB […]

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What you get when you gut a ThinkPad case, insert netbook parts

Lenovo ThinkPad products are known for their premium specs and no-nonsense case design. But a Chinese company is apparently adding a bit of nonsense by releasing a knockoff that looks like the Lenovo ThinkPad X200, complete with ThinkPad branding. But the processing power has been seriously dialed back with the inclusion of a 1.66GHz Intel […]

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Vayee clones the Nokia Booklet 3G for Chinese market

The last mini-laptop I saw from Chinese PC builder Vayee was an 11.6 inch laptop designed to look like a MacBook Air (before Apple had an 11.6 inch MacBook Air). Now the company is back with a 10 inch netbook designed to look like a Nokia Booklet 3G. The Vayee netbook has 1.66GHz Intel Atom […]