Multiplicity: China Begins Cranking Out iPad Clones
Although the iPad is unproven at market, some Chinese electronics manufacturers are betting that it will succeed in doing just what Jobs foresees. And they’re cloning the hell out of Apple’s (AAPL) device.
Among them, Teso debuted two tablets at a Chinese trade show last week–an Intel (INTC) Atom-based “iPhone-style” tablet that runs Windows 7 and an ARM-based device running Android–and Yinlips plans an iPad look-alike with a six-inch E-Ink display.
Then there’s Asus, which is prepping two iPad rivals for launch in the coming months, one for Android and another for Windows. Asus, of course, is the company that earlier this month disparaged the iPad as “one big screen iPhone” and said it was something it could improve.
Finally, Shenzhen Huayi expects big things from its ridiculous-looking iPad knockoff. “We basically made the designs to look like a jumbo iPhone,” President Xiong Yiwei told Korea IT Times. “The profit margin of counterfeit cell phones reached up to 30 percent in the past, but only 10 yuan (US$1.50) profit margin is made per one product. We had a great expectation of netbooks last year, but only 100 yuan (US$15) profit margin was made. The success of iPhonish product is a matter of life or death for us.”
No wonder microprocessor outfit ARM is predicting we’ll see some 50 iPad clones by year’s end.