Wherever your opinion may lie on the iPad, it’s difficult to ignore the fact that it has created a great deal of interest in what has long been a niche computing market. Ever since rumours started about the then fabled Apple tablet, software and hardware manufacturers around the globe jumped on the tablet bandwagon.
Google, Asus, Microsoft, HP and not to mention all the ShanZhai companies have tablet devices either on the market or planned. Obviously our interest rests with the local (ShanZhai) clone manufacturers, to see what they’re able to bring out.
Superman, no I’m not just throwing random words in to posts, Superman Ind. Company of Shenzhen China, have entered the iPad cloning competition, but have been bold enough to actually brand their knock off as an iPad. Other companies have fallen short of actually using the iPad name on their devices and felt that mimicking the appearance of Apples device is as close to annoying the Apple legal machine as they’d like to get.
Once you get past the name and the similar form the similarities end. The O.S is Windows 7, which is a much more tablet friendly O.S than most. The innards are your usual suspects, seemingly lifted directly from the ‘How to’ book of Netbook computers, but with the addition of GPS and 3G.
- N450 Atom Processor (1.66Ghz)
- 10.1 inch capacitive touch screen
- Lithium battery
- Weighs 1.2 Kg
Accelerometers handle view changes from portrait to landscape and a 10.1 inch capacitive screen lets you tap out emails using Windows 7’s virtual keyboard.
The biggest attraction of Superman’s iPad clone is going to be price, which they say will be much lower than Apple’s iPad on release. Meaning you could probably pick one up for around 2500RMB ($366) depending on internal storage.