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.