The Apple officially has launch their iPad on 3rd of April and is not available in every market. But citizens of or travelers to China can get their mitts on the (almost) next best thing courtesy of a flourishing bootleg electronics market.
Shenzhen, China which is in the North of Hong Kong is popular for its sales of counterfeit versions of popular gadgets like the iPhone, game consoles, and now the iPad.
Reuters reports that pirated versions of Apple’s new tablet can be had for about 2,800 yuan or $410 USD, cheaper than the official counterpart.
One version shown had three USB ports and ran Windows Windows, but it’s “just the first rough version,” said the shop owner. “Eventually, the factories will be able to make a much better copy.” Meanwhile, given Shenzhen’s reputation, no one seems much surprised at the quick turnaround behind a growing selection of “alternative” iPads in China: “China is basically a market that has the ability to clone everything,” said Beijing-based researcher Edward Yu, CEO of Analysis International.
Chinese company are famous for producing duplicate gadgets and electronics goods. And yes, they are cheaper than the original one. And this pirated version of Apple iPad shows, China has ability to clone everything.
If imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, then Shenzhen in its own way pays excessive tribute to Apple’s new “magical” gadget.