Another "fake" Windows 8 tablet spotted?

On Sunday, we reported that a company called Fview was promoting an Android 4.1 tablet with an image of Microsoft's Surface tablet, and the name Windows PAD, at the IFA trade show.

As it turns out, Fview isn't the only company that's using Windows 8 images to sell an Android tablet. One of Neowin's readers, Roger Sheppard, directed us to a Chinese-based website, 51Cube.com, where they are selling the seven inch tablet called the U30GT Mini.

As you can see in the image below, this tablet may have Android 4.1 inside, but the UI image on the tablet itself is clearly that of Windows 8.

The site's Chinese language section also seems to show that the same tablet can be sold with Windows 8 installed, something that Microsoft is not supposed to allow any PC or tablet company to offer until October 26th, the official commercial launch date for Windows 8.

It's more than possible that a Chinese-based company is already selling unauthorized Windows 8 devices as the Chinese government has a history of having a rather casual attitude to software and hardware piracy. This is the same country that was discovered to have "fake" Apple stores in place, after all.

Source: 51Cube.com | Images via 51cube.com

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Ehm, looks to me like they're just normal Android tablets with a Windows 8-skinned launcher. You can clearly see the Android status bar in all those pictures and the tiles aren't Windows 8 ones.

Ambroos said,
Ehm, looks to me like they're just normal Android tablets with a Windows 8-skinned launcher. You can clearly see the Android status bar in all those pictures and the tiles aren't Windows 8 ones.

Click on the link. While in Chinese, the part that talks about Windows 8 Metro sticks out.

rfirth said,

Click on the link. While in Chinese, the part that talks about Windows 8 Metro sticks out.

They're probably just describing their UI as being like Windows 8 rather than claiming it's actually Windows 8, which it clearly isn't

TCLN Ryster said,

They're probably just describing their UI as being like Windows 8 rather than claiming it's actually Windows 8, which it clearly isn't

You are right. It just said it's a Win8 Metro Style launcher for you to have a taste.

When iPad first came out, every chinese rip-off manufacturer copied iPad... Now that Win8 tablets are coming, every rip-off manufacturer copies those... The end. Don't really see what is the news on this one...

Its Japan all over again. Manufacture everything, Copy others tech, and eventually you become so good, it booms into innervation.

This to me is the incubation stage of a country starting to grow in terms of their technology production. Once they have honed their skills in manufacturing, they then start to copy and sell others tech (Becoming more independent) and then finally start to come up with their own technologies.

Copying is not necessarily a bad thing.

HoochieMamma said,
I would rather have one of these then a Windows 8 tablet.

Ah, an open minded person. You're going to try this, *then* try Windows 8. Let us know how you think they compare.

IronChef75 said,

Ah, an open minded person. You're going to try this, *then* try Windows 8. Let us know how you think they compare.


I have tried Windows 8 thank you very much, thats why I said i would rather have one of these. Just get rid of the Metro launcher and it would be perfect. already have a UG30GT, very good community support just like eladbs said.

HoochieMamma said,

I have tried Windows 8 thank you very much, thats why I said i would rather have one of these. Just get rid of the Metro launcher and it would be perfect. already have a UG30GT, very good community support just like eladbs said.

WHOOOOSH!!!

IronChef75 said,

WHOOOOSH!!!

What's there not to get? This is cheaper, fun to mess around with and does everything you need from a tablet plus more?

The thing is, these tablets aren't trying to be Windows 8 tablets. They are just trying to look like them, so they aren't "fakes". Fakes would imply they are almost identical to the real thing with some minor imperfections or missed details.

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