3 Android alternatives to the iPad mini 2

Apple’s big launch event will begin later today, and whether or not they do launch a second generation iPad mini 2 you might find these Android alternatives to be as good, and cheaper!

At GizChina we are Android phone users first and foremost, but for our computers and tablets all have the easily recognisable half eaten Apple logo on the rear. You won’t get any Apple bashing here (although they might deserve it if these leaked specs for the iPhone 5S are accurate), and we’re all in agreement that the iPad mini was one of the best tablets on the market!

The iPad mini has been available for a while now, and Chinese Android tablet makers have had plenty of time to make comparable tablets, with similar specifications, but a lower price. So if Apple don’t launch the iPad mini 2 today, and you don’t want to pay a premium for the original model, take a look at these Android alternatives.

Chi V88HD Mini tablet

chi ipad mini 2 alternative

The Chi V88HD measures 7.9-inch and has a resolution of 1024 x 768. It also packs a quad-core Rockschips RK3199 processor, 1GB RAM, front and rear cameras, 5000mAh battery and a micro SD card reader.

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Various versions of the Chi V88HD will be available, but the entry-level model with 8GB built-in memory, and an alloy body measuring 8.3mm thick will cost just 599 Yuan here in China ($97)!

Taipower P85 mini

taipower ipad mini 2 alternative

The Taipower P85 mini also gets a 7.9-inch 1024 x 768 display, 1GB RAM and 1.6Ghz quad-core Rockchips processor with PowerVRSGX 544 GPU.

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Like the Chi V88HD this tablet runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and has a micro SD card expansion port, but it also packs 16GB of built-in memory, HDMI and a thinner 7.2mm body. Taipower have begun pre-sales of the P85 in China today at a special price of 699 Yuan ($114), but this price will rise to 799 Yuan ($130). Still cheaper then the iPad mini though!

Vido Mini 3G

vido 3g ipad mini 2 alternative

The most expensive of the 3 iPad mini 2 tablets here, but it is also the phone model which offers built-in 3G! The Vido Mini 3G costs 999 Yuan ($163) features a 7.9-inch 1024 x 768 display, 1GB RAM, 16GB memory, 5 mega-pixel rear camera and quad-core Mediatek MT8389 processor.

The Meidatek SoC included network support for GSM and WCDMA networks, calling function, WIFI and GPS!

What is your iPad mini 2 Android alternative?

There are plenty of other 7.9-inch Android tablets available in China, if your favourite isn’t mentioned here then post details in the comments section below!

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  1. Qidamin
    September 10, 2013

    I have bought a Bmorn V99 when it came out ( I wanted first a Onda but it was unavailable) and it was a very crappy tablet! I am happy with my iPad now and should wait and check review first before buying a Chinese tablet again!

  2. September 10, 2013

    I would go for Chi V88 mini (ice green), 2gb ram, 16gb storage, 5mp rear camera.

  3. peter
    September 10, 2013
  4. ozp
    September 10, 2013

    there are others MT8389 , but how about root?

    • gerstavros
      September 10, 2013

      root with motochopper

  5. nosense
    September 10, 2013

    Its CHUWI V88.
    Its Rk3188

  6. September 12, 2013

    Chuwi V88HD has no HD and cannot be found even on taobao, so I call it bullshit

    it has also Rk3188 CPU, not non-existing 3199, metal alloy back plate is very efficient with blocking wifi signal, so stay away from this crap, you can have better one with 16GB of memory for 699RMB as Chuwi V88S, but there are already plenty of choices although V88S has good community, really good battery (like 10-25% better than other tablets) and good wifi

  7. Mateen Rehman
    November 17, 2013

    Teclast Tpad P89 with the intel

    Intel Z2580 and score of 30000 on antutu kills any other chinese tablet by far!