Chinese PC maker showing a Surface Pro knockoff at CeBIT 2013

Microsoft's Surface Pro has been on sale in the US and Canada for just under a month now, and more territories around the world will have the Windows 8 Pro tablet PC for sale in the coming months. However, a Chinese PC maker is trying to get its own knockoff of the Surface Pro design off the ground at the CeBIT trade show this week in Germany.

MobileGeeks.com walked through the exhibit hall at CeBIT 2013 this week and saw that the company, HKC, had on display what it simply labeled as a "Tablet PC". As you can see in the video above, the tablet has copied the case design of the Surface Pro, along with a docking station at the bottom of the tablet that could be used to attach a keyboard accessory. It even has a built in kickstand. One difference is that the case is not made of magnesium: this clone is made of aluminum.

The "Tablet PC" is in fact larger than the Surface Pro, with an 11.6 inch screen. It runs Windows 8 with either an Intel Core i3 or i5 processor, along with 4 GB of RAM and a 32 GB SSD. HKC is apparently looking for partnerships with other companies that would sell the Surface Pro knockoff with a different brand name.

It's likely that this Surface Pro clone will be sold in China and other parts of Asia, where many technology products have to compete with cheap knockoffs that are not as well built and don't have the features or the hardware of the PCs they are trying to clone. The article speculates that this Surface Pro clone could be sold for as little as $350, well below the $899 of the 64 GB Surface Pro.

Source: MobileGeeks.com
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How funny, who would have thought anyone would copy a MS Surface? I mean if it was selling well I could see why but its not selling well so why bother?

I like it, 32gb is no big deal, I already had a 32gb acer iconia w500 and it had 15gb of free space with windows 8. I'd buy one and give it to my parents. At 350$, its a nicely spec'd pc in a good looking form factor that isn't limited at all by the os. Unlike this crap android clones.

of well, Surface RT & Pro manufacturing are both outsourced to china, so its obvious they would copied it really fast.

I'll be contacting them to manufacture NeoWine SureFace Windows 8 hybrid tablets, anyone here interested in buying one? I'll get my paypal account ready - shipping will be in the next 30 years.

Actually if one were to think about it... With this now At least Surface has something to compare itself by other than a laptop.

You know how now Kindle compares itself to the Ipad and visa versa.

Apples to Apples and Oranges to Oranges so to speak (not meaning Apple as in the company)

Now they can have a Genuine Windows Vs a Wanna Be or something like that Add....

Well MS said they wanted to encourage others with their Surface, so...they succeeded.
Besides they knew this was inevitable if they're product was even a remote success so long as they don't call it "Surface" seem MS is getting what they wanted - tablets running Windows 8 - preferably legit copies.


I know I will get knocked for saying, but it has to be said.
Asian are some of the most technologically advanced races on the planet. The way they build building to withstand earthquakes, their rail systems are top notched and many more other examples.

I do not howveer understand this need for them to copy, poorly executed, sad looking American products from automakers, Microsoft, Apple and others. The Korean's copy, the Chinese copy, the Japanese copy and many others. Why?

The Surface is not one of those cheesy products, but surely they could come up with something better. Same for the iPhone. I personally don't think the iPhone is all that great, surely they could make something better.

I realize, "good artist copy, and great artists steal". But in either case if you copy what someone else did, yet your product doesn't do any better than the one you copied....what's the point of copying?

Samsung, LG, Hawei (however you spell it) can all make great devices. Samsung especially has tons of money and manufacturing capability. Why copy sleezeballs like Apple? I mean why even associate yourself with a brand known to be nothing but thieves? Come on now...you can do better...wayyyyyyy better.

The reason they do it is, it's a lot cheaper than having a dedicated R&D department working on new ideas. There are actually street shops in china where you can go in and literally build your own knock off device building something and designing something innovative are sometimes separate things.

Also, notice how this is aluminium coated in plastic rather than magnesium? Some things require very specialised technology that these small companies couldn't even afford.

TechieXP said,
I know I will get knocked for saying, but it has to be said.
Asian are some of the most technologically advanced races on the planet. The way they build building to withstand earthquakes, their rail systems are top notched and many more other examples.

Omg people of the Asians races in the US and are so technologically advanced I agree!! Their buildings and rail systems they've built here are top notched! Unless maybe you meant Asian countries? But you didn't say that so you must be talking about all Asians naturally more advanced than most other races. Just rewording everything you said without changing the info at all!

I love how any rectangle black thing with a screen is considered a knockoff. Maybe the stand is the giveaway.

The dimensions look nothing like mine.

How many Chinese products are in your home right now? I'd venture to guess quite a few.

Like the iPad, the Surface is overpriced, so the more competition, the better. I frankly couldn't care less where the products I use are built. And honestly, despite what they will tell you, most other people don't either.

Now, as to the quality-of-build and features of this particular tablet, it's too soon to tell. 32gb is a little skimpy for my tastes.

Edited by COKid, Mar 5 2013, 9:43pm :

COKid said,
How many Chinese products are in your home right now? I'd venture to guess quite a few.

Apple and Microsoft; US companies, design and engineer their own products, outsource the production to china because of cheap labor.

Just because it's made in china, doesn't make it chinese.

COKid said,
How many Chinese products are in your home right now? I'd venture to guess quite a few.

Like the iPad, the Surface is overpriced, so the more competition, the better. I frankly couldn't care less where the products I use are built. And honestly, despite what they will tell you, most other people don't either.

Now, as to the quality-of-build and features of this particular tablet, it's too soon to tell. 32gb is a little skimpy for my tastes.

You can't possibly compare the Surface Pro with the "Tablet PC"... Doesnt matter if they're both made in China.

COKid said,

Like the iPad, the Surface is overpriced,

over priced my ass. do you think Microsoft is a charity? the CPU alone is about $225. The ram and flash is $130. The display is another $150. That's already more than half its price and we're not including all the other components. A Windows 8 license alone will cost you $200. I'd say the approximate cost to build the device is around $700.

32GB SSD will make it useless, you'd be able to boot windows and surf the web but after 2 months worth of windows updates you'd be SOL

Won't be a problem if 'Windows' on this device is in fact a skinned Android or Ubuntu (like on those chinese 'Window Phone' clones). You never know what they will come up with.

mychaelo said,
Won't be a problem if 'Windows' on this device is in fact a skinned Android or Ubuntu (like on those chinese 'Window Phone' clones). You never know what they will come up with.
Dude...didn't you hear? It using x86 processors. It's using full Windows 8. Not some shabby skinned NIX based operating system. I mean please....

mychaelo said,
Won't be a problem if 'Windows' on this device is in fact a skinned Android or Ubuntu (like on those chinese 'Window Phone' clones). You never know what they will come up with.

It's very clearly running Win 8. You could never skin Android to look anything like this or get anywhere near the functionality of Windows. Same with Linux, might be somewhat possible but would take a LOT of work. This also has a Intel Core CPU just like the Surface. It might only have 32GB storage but will probably be dirt cheap.

You can always use SkyDrive / SD card / external HDD for storage anyway.

swanlee said,
32GB SSD will make it useless,

but if the SSD are somehow a lot easly to replace (unlike Surface Pro's SSD),
perhaps i would buy this one and replace it 512GB SSD.