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HTC clone surfaces in China, looks nothing like the original

Clones of popular consumer electronic devices are usually available at a dime a dozen, especially when China has got anything to do about it. That being said, one common feature about cloned devices is that they often bear an uncanny semblance to the original product in terms of design, right? Well, it seems that this is not always the case, considering how this little device right here has little to no similarity to the actual device its design is allegedly based off on.

Read on to find out more.

We have been featuring Chinese clones of various well-known consumer electronic devices like notebooks, smartphones and tablet PCs for quite some time already, and in most cases the clone's biggest selling point is usually involves being able to mimic the original device's design and most of its functionality while retailing for only a fraction of the former's asking price. After all, no one is going to buy a clone if it is does not look similar to the real deal, or is going to cost an arm and a leg, right?

Well, it seems that the latest clone to make its way out of the factories of Shenzhen has completely done away with 'clones-are-supposed-to-look-like-the-real-deal' practice, opting instead to produce an imitation which bears little to no semblance to the original product. After all, one will be quite hard pressed to find any similarities between this device and a certain seven-inch HTC device which it is supposedly modelled after.

According to Chinese gadget website Shanzhaiben.com, the tablet shown in the image above does not have a name yet, although its hardware configuration appears to be somewhat decent. Apparently, the tablet will feature a seven-inch resistive touchscreen that sports a native resolution of 800 x 480 and will be preloaded with version 2.2 of the Android operating system. On the hardware side, a Marvell PX166 processor based off the ARM11 processor family is used to power the device and is clocked at 800MHz, and is complemented with 256MB of memory and 2GB NAND flash for storage purposes.

The back of the tablet is kept simple with nothing more than a simple speaker grille, along with a decorative array of dots situated at the lower right corner which make up the Android mascot. 

Shanzhaiben.com claims that the biggest selling point of the unnamed tablet stems from the fact that it features a built-in GPS module, a feature which is generally found only in higher-end tablet devices. This allows consumers to use the device as though it were a GPS navigational system, a fact which is further backed up by the assortment of car mounting accessories available for the unnamed tablet.

With that being said, chances are you will be just a little curious as to how much this unnamed HTC clone will be retailing for, right? Well, according to Shanzhaiben.com, the device is currently being sold to wholesalers at the low price of 825 yuan, or approximately US$130.

Source: Shanzhaiben.com

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