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Meet the Cube U9GT5: China's latest iPad clone features a Retina-like display and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for under £200

Chinese knock off masters Cube are upping the ante in the look-a-like tablet game, it seems, introducing a new 9.7in device with an IPS display and 2,048 x 1,536 pixel resolution - the same as the new iPad from Apple.

What’s more, the Cube U9GT5 costs only $265 direct from the manufacturer (opens in new tab) (about £160), before shipping, which was estimated at around $25 (£15) for registered airmail to the UK. Even adding that on and arriving at a total price of £175, that's stiil less than half the price of its third-generation Apple iPad counterpart, which starts at £400.

The U9GT5 (sometimes also labelled with a Roman numeral 'V' in place of the digit '5'), runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and features 1GB of RAM in addition to 16GB on-board memory, and front and rear-facing 2-megapixel cameras. In the cockpit, the device sports a dual-core Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1.6GHz.

It also boasts 10 hours of battery life thanks to a 10,000mAh engine - one of the largest we have seen on any tablets - while connectivity features include a microUSB port, a microSD card reader, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

(opens in new tab)While the U9GT5 is inferior to the new iPad in some respects, by the time Apple's fourth-generation tablet is launched next year, it is likely that Chinese manufacturers like Cube will have bettered the current-gen model, with quad-core or even octo-core devices with more or less the same specifications, but at a much lower price point.

Unfortunately, most of these Chinese brands are unknown in the Western world, which makes it difficult for them to be trusted - especially since there’s no local post-sale support.

Cube lists the U9GT5 as available for pre-order up until 13 October, and offers discounts for bulk buying.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.