It was only a matter of time before they started arriving and, as spotted at IFA 2012 in a quiet corner of one of the tech show’s smaller halls, here’s your first Microsoft Surface tablet rip-off.
Put together by Chinese manufacturers at FView, they refused to let us grab a snap of the actual device, claiming we’d see it in action by October, but we managed to get a picture of this hastily drawn-up marketing poster, which, to be honest, looks like it uses stock imagery from Microsoft’s own press packs anyway.
The “13.3” Windows PAD” looks pretty much exactly like the Surface, right down to pastel-coloured keyboard case, but has a few notable differences. The most wild is that it will dual-boot both Windows 8 and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, making it no doubt a jack of all trades and master of none.
The screen is an IPS panel, running at 1280×800, while a 1.6GHz dual core will power the slate.
Totally dodgy of course, it’s not hard to imagine this popping up in Chinese markets before the end of the year, where counterfeit tech goods are rife, and the means to manufacturer rip-offs easily accessible. The iPhone’s always been a key target for this sort of thing, and it’ll be interesting how Microsoft deals with what is no doubt a long-line of shady characters looking to make a quick buck off their ideas.
By Gerald Lynch | September 4th, 2012