GooPhone at it again, releasing $99 iPad Mini clone

Remember GooPhone, the Chinese clone company that wanted to sue Apple over the iPhone 5 design they ripped off? Well, they’re at it again, this with a $99 iPad Mini clone, the GooPad Mini.

The Chinese company, which can’t even design a logo without ripping someone off, says that their device is even more impressive than Apple’s, thanks to its full 8 inch screen and low price. They’ve even managed to accomplish something that lots of tech giants couldn’t, by shipping a device with Android Jelly Bean preinstalled.

And just to make sure that their customers get the full pretend-Apple experience, the OS comes with a standard iOS6 skin right out of the box that’s sure to make Jonny Ive vomit. Spec wise, the GooPad Mini is packing a 1.4Ghz CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a not-so-spacious 8 GBs of flash storage. All of this is elegantly tucked away inside a ‘aluminium slim body,’ which we somehow doubt is anywhere near as well put together as the real thing.

At any rate, the good news is that the GooPad isn’t launching until sometime in November, well after Apple’s own device, which probably means that GooPhone won’t have an excuse to try and sue Apple over the design. Maybe they can go after Samsung this time around?

Source: GizChina | Image via GizChina

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And just to make sure that their customers get the full pretend-Apple experience, the OS comes with a standard iOS6 skin right out of the box that's sure to make Jonny Ive vomit.

LOLOLOL

All of this is elegantly tucked away inside a ‘aluminium slim body,' which we somehow doubt is nowhere nearly as well made as the real thing.

I know Neowin prides itself in "unprofessional journalism" but can we at least aim for sentences that make grammatical sense?

Fulcrum said,
why would build quality be any less, after all, the genuine apple products are built there as well.
Because it's $99, and they are doing it for a profit.. rest assured, they are cutting a lot of corners..

Ryoken said,
Because it's $99, and they are doing it for a profit.. rest assured, they are cutting a lot of corners..

I agree, I meant it differently. The genuine product certainly has better materials.

Ryoken said,
Because it's $99, and they are doing it for a profit.. rest assured, they are cutting a lot of corners..

lulz. you think each ipad unit costs anything close to $99 to produce?

technikal said,

lulz. you think each ipad unit costs anything close to $99 to produce?

I think the ISP Screen on each of them costs close to $99 for Apple to purchase..

To produce, probably not.. but Apple doesn't make all the parts.. they buy most of them and then assemble em..

technikal said,

lulz. you think each ipad unit costs anything close to $99 to produce?

You have to factor in R&D and factory build-out, it cracks me up when people only look at the build cost of high tech stuff that changes yearly. How much does software cost to "produce?" By the same logic it would be wrong for anyone to charge more than the price of the CD and box, or to chage anything at all if it was a download.

China has its own laws but I bet Apple can go after them if they wanted... And if they started to make a real profit from the knockoffs. Goo just isn't a threat to Apple.

Wonder if anyone bought a knockoff and now think they have the latest Apple device.

I did. I bought the Samsung Nexus.

techbeck said,
Wonder if anyone bought a knockoff and now think they have the latest Apple device.

techbeck said,
China has its own laws but I bet Apple can go after them if they wanted... And if they started to make a real profit from the knockoffs. Goo just isn't a threat to Apple.

Wonder if anyone bought a knockoff and now think they have the latest Apple device.

As I understand it, GooPhone is able to make these devices by getting access to the parts that Apple outsources to Chinese companies. All Apple has to do is start moving some of that business out of China and it will get people's attention.

sphbecker said,

As I understand it, GooPhone is able to make these devices by getting access to the parts that Apple outsources to Chinese companies. All Apple has to do is start moving some of that business out of China and it will get people's attention.

There is a good reason why companies, like Apple, put their plants in China......... Cheap slave labor, usually children. China is just learning to get rid of the outside corporation and sell direct. Funny how communists are better at capitalism than the West. No democracy to get in the way.........

techbeck said,
China has its own laws but I bet Apple can go after them if they wanted... And if they started to make a real profit from the knockoffs. Goo just isn't a threat to Apple.

Wonder if anyone bought a knockoff and now think they have the latest Apple device.

Sue all you want, Apple won't win. Here's an example...BMW sued a Chinese company for an X5 clone and lost.

http://www.bmwblog.com/2008/12...battle-to-chinese-x5-clone/

Stephen Charchuk said,

There is a good reason why companies, like Apple, put their plants in China......... Cheap slave labor, usually children. China is just learning to get rid of the outside corporation and sell direct. Funny how communists are better at capitalism than the West. No democracy to get in the way.........

I know how it works, my point was that if they get to a point where these clones are actually costing them more money they can simply move out of China. They might pay a little more in labor but if they save money in the end it would be worth it.

Have to say that the hardware power is pretty impressive for the size but the fact that they have replicated the iPad mini's resolution is disappointing, having a 4:3 tablet when most video content these days is 16:9 just makes no sense to me.

Javik said,
Have to say that the hardware power is pretty impressive for the size but the fact that they have replicated the iPad mini's resolution is disappointing, having a 4:3 tablet when most video content these days is 16:9 just makes no sense to me.

Its because a 16:9 tablet would be stupid. To get 16:9 you would enither need to make the screen 33% taller, which would be really akward, or it could only be 75% as wide as it currently is. Assuming no one wants to make it several inches taller then you are talking about taking away screen size just to get 16:9. Why do that when black bars work just fine? At least black bars can be turned off when you want to display something else.

sphbecker said,

Its because a 16:9 tablet would be stupid. To get 16:9 you would enither need to make the screen 33% taller, which would be really akward, or it could only be 75% as wide as it currently is. Assuming no one wants to make it several inches taller then you are talking about taking away screen size just to get 16:9. Why do that when black bars work just fine? At least black bars can be turned off when you want to display something else.


True, but with a 7-inch tablet you need sandpaper to file your fingers down regardless.

sphbecker said,

Its because a 16:9 tablet would be stupid. To get 16:9 you would enither need to make the screen 33% taller, which would be really akward, or it could only be 75% as wide as it currently is. Assuming no one wants to make it several inches taller then you are talking about taking away screen size just to get 16:9. Why do that when black bars work just fine? At least black bars can be turned off when you want to display something else.

Strange because every tablet manufacturer that make 7 inch tablets apart from this one and Apple seem quite capable of pulling it off.

Javik said,

Strange because every tablet manufacturer that make 7 inch tablets apart from this one and Apple seem quite capable of pulling it off.

Capable of pulling off a smaller screen? Yeah, I guess you are right. Seriously, what is it you want? Do a little math…
A 7.0” 16:9 screen is 6.1" x 3.4"
A 7.9” 4:3 screen showing 16:9 in letterbox mode is 6.3" x 3.5" (4.7" including black bars)
So the mini's 4:3 screen is actually bigger for widescreen videos AND you still get the extra 0.8" of space on the sides when not watching videos.

Stephen Charchuk said,

Most countries do, you know.

You mean China doesnt have to abide by American laws? Then why dafuq are we the world police?

Stephen Charchuk said,

Most countries do, you know.


I think he means the citizens are above the laws of their own country, (unless piracy is legal in China,) which is anything but, what with the Chinese government being communist & all...