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Chinese copycats to start selling iPad Mini clone for $99

by Doug Drinkwater

October 25 2012

The Goopad mini is even promoted with Apple's picture of the iPad Mini
The Goopad mini is even promoted with Apple's picture of the iPad Mini

It didn’t take long for the Chinese to rip off the iPad Mini – one vendor has already announced the remarkably similar ‘Goopad mini’ for just $99.

The tablet was first spotted by Chinese tech website Gizmochina and comes from Chinese company Goophone, which also launched the 'Goophone i5' shortly after the launch of the iPhone 5 last month.

However, the company even apparently patented the iPhone 5’s design in China, based on early leaks on the device, no doubt in a bid to save itself from a prospective court date with Apple.

While the looks and name of the Goopad mini may make for some amusement, the tablet actually sports some pretty decent hardware specifications.

There’s an 8-inch 1024 x 768 resolution display, a dual-core 1.4GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and dual-facing cameras, while the device seems to run a customized version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The tablet is to launch in November for $99, making it $230 cheaper than the entry-level iPad Mini.

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