Someone's selling a fake Microsoft Surface tablet, runs Android

The Microsoft Surface tablet is not even out yet, but one company is already trying to push their own product by using an image of the upcoming Windows 8/RT tablet. At the IFA trade show in Berlin, a display was spotted that was promoting what was being called a "Windows PAD" with a press image of Microsoft's Surface tablet.

Of course, once you take a look below the image of this "Windows PAD", you see that the specs of the tablet show it to be running on Android 4.1. The same image, taken by Avrid Bux and posted on his Twitter page, shows another Windows 8/RT tablet image, called the "Media Tablet" that's also actually running on Android 4.1.

The company behind both of these so-called products is FView, but there's little info on this company on the Internet; a quick search only turned up a third party forum where technical support can be found for some tablet products.

Clearly, Fview doesn't have any kind of reputation and it's pretty shocking to see a company flat out promote a product using images stolen by others and even using trademarked names in their advertising.

Via: Surface Evangelist
Source: Avrid Bux Twitter page | Image via Avrid Bux

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I completely agree this was a marketing ploy by MS. With no tablets to handle and no new info on pricing or specs, this at least earned the brand another round of media interest.

What amazes me is that since Microsoft was at the IFA that they just didn't walk over to the both and pull-down the patently-false advertizing down off of the walls and report the booth to the Conference organizers.

Here in Australia they would gone (SUED) by the close of business as well as our ACCC, which would finish the job by suing the directors of the company as well.
All in all what we call "FRAUD" end of story, and even if it were a "joke" they would still be done for "Fraudualent Advertising".

TCLN Ryster said,

Annoying fake countdown to something that may or may not happen in 3, 2, 1....

Nope, your pointless comment came right on queue.

Lastwebpage said,
Belgium is not Germany. And this forum is only a Spam-rubbish-heap.

But Berlin is. Your point being?

Lastwebpage said,
Belgium is not Germany. And this forum is only a Spam-rubbish-heap.
Go soak your head, you bottom-feeding troll.

The thing I don't understand is this : ok, it runs Android, and it's a fake Surface. Why call it a Windows "Pad" if it doesn't run Windows? And isn't 13.3'' a bit too big for a tablet?

Sszecret said,
The thing I don't understand is this : ok, it runs Android, and it's a fake Surface. Why call it a Windows "Pad" if it doesn't run Windows? And isn't 13.3'' a bit too big for a tablet?

That's kind of the entire point. You think you're getting a Surface and you home and open it and it's clearly not with no way to get your money back.

Sszecret said,
The thing I don't understand is this : ok, it runs Android, and it's a fake Surface. Why call it a Windows "Pad" if it doesn't run Windows? And isn't 13.3'' a bit too big for a tablet?

didnt you see the 9.7 inch on the left?

still1 said,

didnt you see the 9.7 inch on the left?

To be honest, I didn't. Maybe it's just a work of a lazy designer. Copy-paste the image with the Surface, change its name and voila, you have yourself an ad.

still1 said,

didnt you see the 9.7 inch on the left?

Didn't you see the 13.3 on the right? That's the one they were originally talking about . . .

farmeunit said,

Didn't you see the 13.3 on the right? That's the one they were originally talking about . . .


didnt you see OP's reply above me??? he didnt see 9.7.
my point being there is 9.7 inch and 13 inch.

still1 said,

didnt you see OP's reply above me??? he didnt see 9.7.
my point being there is 9.7 inch and 13 inch.

And the OP's point was that they thought the 13.3" "Windows PAD" was too big, and it probably is. It's irrelevant to the OP's comment that there's a smaller model available, it doesn't magically make the "too big" 13.3" one disappear.

TCLN Ryster said,

And the OP's point was that they thought the 13.3" "Windows PAD" was too big, and it probably is. It's irrelevant to the OP's comment that there's a smaller model available, it doesn't magically make the "too big" 13.3" one disappear.


sorry its not weird at all... w8 is meant be be a desktop... huge monitors.... huge touchscreen all in one desktop. 10inch tab... heck ballmer had a 50 inch w8 in his office.

thealexweb said,
At least it's the newest version of Android and not some 2.x rubbish xD

Lol. Fake tablets using ripped off marketing images, and you're worried about what version of android is running on these fake devices?

tanjiajun_34 said,
Why don't they install the real Windows 8 at least? o.0

I think because the hardware is complete sh*t, and it can't run it.

nyolc8 said,

I think because the hardware is complete sh*t, and it can't run it.

No because that would cause a lawsuit from MS!! because i dont think it would be legal to have a software that MS didnt approve..
showing windows metro in pics is not ethical but they can get away with it.

tanjiajun_34 said,
Why don't they install the real Windows 8 at least? o.0

Where are you going to get the bits for Windows RT?

bj55555 said,

Where are you going to get the bits for Windows RT?
Just throw in a intel processor then? I thought there was Windows 7 tablets by China as well?

still1 said,

No because that would cause a lawsuit from MS!! because i dont think it would be legal to have a software that MS didnt approve..
showing windows metro in pics is not ethical but they can get away with it.

I don't know about the US, but in the UK, they can't.

still1 said,
haha.. classic... wonder how many will buy this thinking its surface.

ALOT, there was a guy on xda asking about a dodgy site selling tablets, everyone who replied gave evidence as to why it was a scam site, the guy ignored everyone, bought one, and then started crying when it didnt arrive and there was no email reply or phone answer from them. You can't fix stupid

KSib said,
Why even ask for advice if he's going to be an idiot anyway.

It has been my experience that a lot of these idiots ask for advice after they've already made their purchase. But at PT Barnum once said "There's a sucker born every minute" despite the warning some people just can't pass up on those too good to be true deals