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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, 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.

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

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