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Apple iPad Mini clone surfaces in China

Chinese counterfeiters haven't bothered waiting for the 17 October - when Apple will launch its rumoured 7.85in tablet (opens in new tab), nicknamed the iPad Mini - before debuting their own.

Indeed, one model has surfaced with dual-SIM support, a feature that will arguably never be seen in any Apple tablet.

According to photos published by Gizchina, it has a very similar design to the original Apple iPad and a silver back, though it costs only around $200 (roughly £140).

The tablet offers a smaller 7in screen compared to the 7.85in screen diagonal the iPad Mini is alleged to offer. It has a white bezel, runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread and runs on a Mediatek MT6575 system-on-chip, an older single-core SoC, not unlike the one that powered the first generation Apple iPad.

(opens in new tab)There’s both a front facing camera and rear camera, in addition to two SIM cards and 3G connectivity (which means that you will be able to make phone calls as well, like the old Samsung Galaxy Tab).

Source: Gizchina (opens in new tab)

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.