KIRF: Chinese manufacturers promoting Windows 8 Tablet knock-offs
Keeping it real fake, at the recent IFA 2012 consumer electronics show in Berlin, Chinese manufacturers revealed promotional material of ‘their’ version of the upcoming windows tablet, the Microsoft Surface. Arvid Bux took a photo of an advertisement for a “Windows 8 Tablet” named “Windows Pad”. While the promotional material shows a device that apparently runs Windows RT or Windows 8 Pro, the Windows Pad actually doesn’t run Windows at all! As you can see in the image above, these devices will run Android 4.1, also known as Jelly Bean. The devices are supposedly made by a company called Fview.
Interesting enough, the tech specs of these fake windows tablets aren’t too shabby. The Windows Pad features a 7″ IPS screen with a resolution of 1024×600. It comes with a 1.6GHz processor, 1GB of ram and front & rear 2MP cameras. If this device was actually marketed as an Android device by a familiar manufacturer, I think it would be a compelling device. Unfortunately, the Windows Pad is marketed as a Windows 8 Tablet. I think it’s terrible that one 1) manufacturers would stoop to such misleading tactics and 2) that local government allows such activities.
Consumers should beware of such fake devices and stick with familiar brands. While you may save money when buying these knock-offs, you will often get a product that is of lessor quality. And if you ever encounter problems with these products, there’s no guarantee that the manufacturers will stand behind the products.