Monday, May 31, 2010

Can't afford the iPad? Try China's 'iPed'

MANILA, Philippines - It wasn't only the iPad that went on sale outside the United States last May 28 -- a cheaper tablet computer was launched on the same day in China, and it was aptly called the "iPed." reported that the iPed is priced at a cool $150, much cheaper than Apple's minimum asking price of $500 (Read full article here).

It is said to be manufactured in Shenzhen where Foxconn -- maker of the iPad, iPod touch and iPhone -- is located.

Japan News Network (JNN) covered the unveiling of China's iPed. Credit:

Although it looks fairly identical at first glance, the iPed is quite different from the iPad. said the much heavier device runs on version 1.5 of the Android OS, a close rival of Apple's own operating system.

It also has a screen resolution of only 800 by 400 pixels, lower compared to the iPad's 1,024 by 768-pixel screen.

Last week, one of Shanghai's top computer marts started selling the iRobot, another iPad clone. It costs $400, less than the starting price of the real iPad.

The iPad officially went global on Friday with launches in Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and Switzerland.

The tablet computer is set to come in Hong Kong in June, but no date for China or the Philippines has been set yet

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