The Android-Powered iPad Mini Clone That Costs $177


Here’s a riddle to start Thanksgiving in style: what looks like an iPad mini, costs only $177, ships anywhere in the world, and runs… Android?

It’s none other than the Chuwi V88, and it’s a Chinese tablet designed to appeal to the would-be iPad owner on a budget — or at least a would-be Android owner, who wants people to think that they’re really an iPad owner.

In terms of specifications, the Chuwi V88 offers a 7.9-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels and an aspect ratio of 4:3. There are Cortex A9 Quad-CPU 1.8GHz processors, with options of either 1GB or 2GB of RAM.

Then there’s anywhere from 8GB to 32GB of internal storage, front and back cameras (for the somewhat existential “Recording the life whenever and wherever you are”), Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities, and Android 4.1 running out of the box.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Chinese tech companies “borrow” Apple’s designs for cut-priced clones. Back in August we reported on the Android-running iPhone 5c clone that cost just $100.

There was even this guy: the Chinese entrepreneur who once read a book about Steve Jobs and “borrowed” from him in products and personal stylings en route to creating a $1 billion tech empire.