While the iPad goes on sale in Japan today, the country’s TV news have been covering the launch as well as another product on sale in nearby China, the iPed. It is slightly heavier than the iPad, the device is powered by an Intel chip and runs on Google’s open source operating system Android. But like the iPad, it is a multi-media device.
According to TBS news report, the iPed is on sale in Shenzhen, China. Shenzhen is a city near HongKong and the location of the largest Foxconn plant, where the iPhone and the iPad are manufactured. The iPed comes packaged in a box that looks like the iPod but carry the name written on it as “iPed“.
Can be clearly read in this close up as “iPed”.
But the instructions manual says it is an “APad”.
iPed is priced at the equivalent of ¥9,600 (US$105). The iPad is priced at ¥48,800 ($536) in The Land of the Rising Sun. The Japanese television reporters note that in China, popular electronics are copied quickly.
And China is getting better and better at it. Apple, should better watch out. These guys are gonna eat your lunch. And one day, eat it better than you.
Below see the iPed and iPad and make a comparison of the two:
If this imitation continues, one day we might see ePhone and even Epple from the yellow race.