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Is this the £85 iPad killer?

We'd only just removed our chins from the floor after hearing the news that Next is about to start selling its own iPad knock-off.

That's right... Thinq's favourite supplier of undercrackers has jumped on the prodable PC bandwagon with a Chinese iPad clone with a Next sticker slapped on it for a very reasonable £180.

Those of you who think paying ten quid for a tee-shirt is a bit extravagant when it's only going to get covered in pepperoni and Red Bull stains in a matter of minutes might want to look slightly little further afield for the Primark equivalent of Apple's sexy slab of silicon and glass.

We've just spotted a company called Morgan Computers (opens in new tab) flogging a seven-inch tablet device, running version 1.7.4 of Google's Android open source operating system and weighing in at a measly £85. That's about the same amount the average iDevice user blows on IOS4 Apps in a month.

It's true that for such a short stack of cash your device is not going to set the world ablaze. The cheap-as-chips gadget is powered by an ARM-designed 400 MHz VIA8505+ CPU and has just 128MB of RAM. But it does have 2GB of storage, Wifi 802.11b/g and a three-hour battery life. OK so those specs are all rubbish too... but it's eighty five quid!

Add USB and SD card ports, a 0.3 megapixel camera (take that Jobs!) and a 7-inch touch panel and we reckon if you want to to nothing more than read a few emails or browse the web this is a bit of a winner.

It won't scoop any design awards but if you're the kind of person who thinks buying a Mac is stupid because you can cobble a PC together from bits of old junk for a third of the price, and that buying tasty food is a waste of money because you're only going to turn into into poop anyway, then this could be the solution to your tablet envy.

We'll be first in the queue when they go on sale on October 18th. If only so we can be all smug when people with £100 haircuts and overpriced iPads ask how much we paid for it. monitors all leading technology stories and rounds them up to help you save time hunting them down.