Update May 23, 2013: If you want to cut to the chase, see: Chinese iPad Mini Clone Buying Tips
This is a listing of strict iPad Mini clones, not of general eight-inch Chinese tablets (such as the Onda v812 aka Archos 80 Platinum).
All screens are generally iPad Mini size (7.85/7.9″) and full IPS at 1024 x 768 resolution.
They all run Android 4.1. [Update: As of May 10, some clones based on the AllWinner A31s CPU will get an update to Android 4.2.2. Rollout depends on vendor. Expect to get a tablet with Android 4.1 and have to manually update.]
They generally differ from one another in three main points: CPU, GPU, and camera resolution.
Note that some specifications are subject to change or might be imprecise due to machine translation. Product names might also be ambiguous due to trademark and language issues. This post will be updated as specs are solidified, so you might want to bookmark it.
In addition, I’m not including things such as 4K video output, which I consider to be a marketing gimmick few people will ever use.
Check each site for complete and final specs.
In most cases, the links within will go to a Chinese-language site. A frustration of these sites is that the text tends to be embedded in large graphics and cannot be machine translated because they are images.
Finally, I’ve done this guide for my personal reference. Due to legal issues surrounding “trade dress” (see Apple v. Samsung lawsuits across Europe) don’t expect these tablets to be generally available at local brick and mortar stores (as the Onda V812 is, which is rebranded as the Archos 80 Platinum).
In brand-name alphabetical order:
Distinguishing characteristic: Color shells and Rockchip CPU.
201mm x 136.6mm x 7.2mm, 305g, Rockchip 3188 Cortex A9 quad-core CPU at 1.8GHz, Mali-400MP4 533MHz GPU, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 8/16 GBs storage, WiFi, microUSB 2.0 OnTheGo, microHDMI-out, microSD slot up to 32GB, cameras 2MP front and 5MP back, claims to have Bluetooth.
Colorfly [not listed on site at post time]
Distinguishing characteristic: Claiming to be thinner than the iPad Mini, with even thinner portrait side bezels.
200mm x 138mm x 6.71mm, 361.5g, AllWinner A31s quad-core CPU at unknown speed, PowerVR SGX544 MP2 GPU, 1GB DDR3 RAM, 16 GBs storage, WiFi, microUSB 2.0 OnTheGo, microHDMI-out, microSD slot up to 64GB, cameras 2MP front and 5MP back, no Bluetooth.
Distinguishing characteristics: First publicly-displayed working iPad Mini clone at CeBIT 2013 and an optional keyboard cover.
200 x 135 x 7.6mm, 350.5g, Actions ATM7029 ARM Cortex A9 CPU at 1.3GHz, Mali 400 quad-core GPU, 1GB DDR3 RAM, 16 GBs storage, WiFi, microUSB 2.0 OnTheGo, microHDMI-out, microSD slot up to 32GB, cameras 0.3MP front and 2MP back,
no has Bluetooth.
Distinguishing characteristic: Onda’s widgets.
200mm x 139mm x 7.5mm, 340g, AllWinner A31s quad-core Cortex A7 CPU at 1GHz, Imagination PowerVR SGX544 MP2 GPU, 1GB DDR3 RAM, 16 GBs storage, WiFi, microUSB 2.0 OnTheGo, microHDMI-out, microSD slot up to 32GB, cameras 0.3MP front and 5MP back, no Bluetooth.
Distinguishing characteristics: Rumors of colored shells and IR port (neither shown at its own site).
200mm x 138mm x 8.8mm, 361.5g, Actions ATM7029 ARM Cortex
A9 A5 CPU at 1.2GHz, Vivente GC1000 quad-core GPU, 1GB DDR3 RAM, 16 GBs storage, WiFi, microUSB 2.0 OnTheGo, microHDMI-out, microSD slot up to 32GB, cameras 2MP front and 5MP back, no Bluetooth.
Update: Tuesday, April 2, 2013: Pipo allegedly has an iPad Mini clone coming. Rumor says it will have a Rockchip 3188 CPU. Other details yet to emerge.
Update: Sunday, April 7, 2013: The brand name known as Cube (Shenzhen Alldo Cube Technology & Science Co., Ltd), is also introducing an iPad Mini clone, but I’m not yet sure if it’s the U33GT Mini or the U30GT Mini2 as some sites have reported. I will update this when I have confirmed information and specs.
Update: Tuesday, April 9, 2013: Cube’s new unit is now confirmed as the U30GT Mini 2, even thought it doesn’t yet appear at their own website. Here are the confirmed specs:
Distinguishing characteristic: Tapered edges for “thinnest clone” claim.
202mm x 135.6mm x 8.6mm (6.5mm at edges), 330g, Rockship RK3188 quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU at 1.8GHz, Mali-400MP2 GPU at 533MHz, 2GBs DDR3 RAM, 16GBs storage, WiFi, USB 2.0, microHDMI-out, microSD card slot up to 32GBs, cameras 2MP front and 5MP back, no Bluetooth.
Update: Wednesday, April 10, 2013: Ramos has shown their color-backed versions of the X10:
And ICOO has sneak-peeked an iPad Mini clone:
No name or specs available yet.
Update, Thursday April 11, 2013: There is a rumor that next week at a Hong Kong trade show Ramos will show an updated version of its X10 tablet
with a Samsung Exynos 4412 quad-core CPU. Scroll further down for details.
Update, Sunday April 14, 2013: In an apparent fit of insanity, Cube has given two tablets the same U30GT and U30GT2 designations: One that’s 10.1-inch and the other its iPad Mini Clone. Be prepared for search havoc.
Update, Monday April 15, 2013: A lot of small manufacturers are unveiling iPad Mini clones at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) this week. I won’t be adding these to the post until they have actual brand names — which could be never, given the intense competition.
Update, Monday April 15, 2013: A very odd duck has appeared. An iPad Mini clone that looks like the child of a Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0!
It’s not listed at their site at post time. The only specs known right now are an unknown quad-core CPU at 1.3GHz and a 7.9″ screen that’s likely 1024 x 768. It also has a special cover.
Update, Tuesday April 16, 2013: When all the ambiguous information in this post is solidified, I will do a new post. In the meantime, Vido has shown an iPad Mini clone called the N7 Mini. It’s not yet on their website. The only known specs so far: 7.85-inch screen at 1024 x 768, 6.8mm thin, and it uses the new 28nm quad-core Cortex A9 Rockchip 3188 running at 1.6GHz — which should make it a screamer, but let’s wait for actual reviews.
Update, Wednesday April 17, 2013: Chuwi has displayed [Google English] their proposed color backs for their iPad Mini clone:
And Cube has displayed [Google English] their Rockchip 3188 quad-core iPad Mini clone:
And I’ll drop this in here too: The HKC Quest has gotten benchmarked [Google English] by AnTuTu, surprisingly giving its Actions Owls series ATM7029 quad-core CPU a higher score than the AllWinner A31s (which is ~11,747): [Update: The score is fraudulent and I have removed it.]
Update, Thursday April 18, 2013: Additional specs are now in for the Vido N7 Mini:
200mm x 134mm x 6.8mm 300g, Rockchip 3188 Cortex-A9 quad-core at 1.6GHz, Mali-400MP4 GPU at 533MHz, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 8/16 GBs storage, WiFi, microUSB 2.0 OTG, microHDMI-out, microSD card slot, cameras 2MP front and 5MP back, no Bluetooth.
Update, Thursday April 18, 2013: It turns out Ramos did mention an updated X10 at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair, the X10 Pro:
The MediaTek 8389 quad-core CPU is also being used in the Lenovo IdeaPad 6000. I haven’t been able to uncover any AnTuTu score for it yet. It’s very odd how Ramos could announce a new version within a month of the original X10! It makes me wonder how short their production runs are — and if they knew the X10 was too weak to begin with.
Update, Friday April 19, 2013: Colorfly (aka Colorful) will officially unveil its U781 iPad Mini clone on April
24th 27th in an event that will also be posted to their Sina Weibo account mini-blog (this is a popular thing in China that American companies should imitate with Twitter). Unverified specs are familiar: A31s quad-core CPU with a PowerVR SGX544 MP2 GPU, cameras 2MP front and 5MP back, and a disappointing 1GB of RAM — it sounds like this won’t be any better than the Onda V818.
Update, Sunday April 21, 2013: The Chuwi V88 has gone on pre-sale at TMall. Allegedly five-ten days wait for the 1GB RAM version, ten-fifteen days wait for the 2GB RAM version to be in stock. Choice of only black or white back. I guess the spectrum of color backs will come later (and be quite an inventory problem!). I hope we will see some videos of this within the next two weeks.
Update, Monday April 22, 2013: The HKC Quest has gone on pre-order. It is properly called the HKC Q79. Despite the benchmark shown above, the battery is now reported to be 3800mAh, which is so far the smallest capacity of the iPad Mini clones.
At some point, I might do a post compiling the various review AnTuTu scores. The HKC ones are puzzling because I thought I saw an AnTuTu score for it recently that placed it one-fourth below the above two scores. We still need to see benchmarks — and product introductions — for clones from Pipo, Cube, Vido, ICOO, Colorfly, and Ramos’ new X10Pro. [Update: My suspicions of fraud were correct.]
Update, Wednesday April 24, 2013: I thought today was the day Colorfly would introduce their clone. Either I typed the wrong date (I can’t find the original report in China) or it’s been changed.
It will be introduced on the 27th.
Update, Wednesday April 24, 2013: The AnTuTu scores above for the HKC Q79
might be are fraudulent. See this post: Just How Prevalent Is AnTuTu Score Fraud? Update: Also see: AnTuTu Reveals China Tablet Score Fraud.
Update, Thursday April 25, 2013: Colorfly did indeed introduce its clone yesterday. The specs for it above remain the same with one change: microSD card can go up to 64GBs. It will go on sale in May.
Teclast aka Taipower announced its clone, the P88s Mini. All that’s known is that it will have an A31s quad-core CPU, PowerVR SGX544 GPU, be 6.75mm thin, and the company has poor taste in press images:
Update, Wednesday May 8, 2013: Cube is either calling their iPad Mini clone the U35GT instead of the U30GT or there’s a different model. At any rate, here is its website via Google Translate.
Update, Thursday May 10, 2013: Icoo has announced its two(!) clones and they have a miserable name:
I’d seen buzz of it being called “Fatty” but thought that was a strange Google Translate error. It’s not. One is based on the Rockchip 3188 and one is based on the AllWinner A20 (I have no bloody idea what the A20 is right now). Having two different clones will wreak havoc. People who buy outside of China will inevitably wind up with the wrong model because the sellers really don’t care (just look at all the people who ordered the 2GB Chuwi V88 and got the 1GB model!). These are not yet listed on their website for full specs.
The Ampe A88 is an A31s-based clone:
A company I’ve never heard of called ONN has announced its clone, the M5:
It has an unknown quad-core CPU and is not listed on their site for full specs. It claims to be just 5mm thick, which makes me wonder about the capacity of its battery.
Update, Monday May 13, 2013: Ployer has announced an A31s-based iPad Mini clone, called the
MONO MOMO Mini. No full specs are yet available and it’s not on their website.
Update, Tuesday May 14, 2013: A photo has emerged of Vido’s iPad Mini clone, called the MiniOne (sometimes M1):
Claiming the narrowest side bezels (take that, Colorfly) at just 5.9mm, it’s a quad-core Rockchip 3188 CPU with quad-core Mali 400 533Mhz GPU and 2GBs of DDR3 RAM. It will be available in 8GB and 16GB internal storage models. 2MP front and 5MP back cameras, weight of 300 grams. But no mention of Bluetooth even though this is very similar to the Chuwi V88 — except it has a weaker 4000mAh battery. It’s not yet listed on their website and price and release dates are unknown.
The MiniPad H1 is a me-too product based on the quad-core Actions ATM7029 CPU. A lot like the HKC Q79 (Quest). I don’t expect this one to go anywhere as it seems to be from a factory looking for wholesale orders [Google English] to rebadge it, but here’s a picture anyway:
It turns out the AllWinner A20 in the Icoo Fatty 1 is a dual-core CPU. The Fatty 2 has a quad-core Rockchip 3188. Revisionist site IMP3Net explains the difference [Google English] and posts credible AnTuTu scores for each:
I don’t think anyone will want to buy the Fatty 1 at any price.
Update, Saturday May 18, 2013: Newsmy has officially announced the Newman S8 Color. It’s identical to the Chuwi V88, but seems to lack Bluetooth and battery is listed as 4500mAh (versus 5000mAh claimed by Chuwi):
201mm x 136.6mm x 7.2mm, 305g, Rockchip 3188 Cortex A9 quad-core CPU at 1.8GHz, Mali-400MP4 533MHz GPU, 1/2GBs DDR3 RAM, 8/16 GBs storage, WiFi, microUSB 2.0 OnTheGo, microHDMI-out, microSD slot up to 32GB, cameras 2MP front and 5MP back, no Bluetooth.
Update May 21, 2013: HKC has announced a 3G version of the HKC Q79 (Quest) [Google English]. In the end, you’ll still be stuck with the slowest of the iPad Mini clones. Note that AnTuTu scores for the Q79 posted above are proved to be fraudulent.
Revisionist site IMP3Net has published AnTuTu scores for the A31s-based Ployer MOMO [Google English]. My position on the A31s CPU is this: If you’re going to settle for an AnTuTu score of 11,000-12,000, just go buy the Archos 80 Titanium. Sure, it’s not an iPad Mini clone, and its has a dual-core CPU, but reviews have been generally good, you don’t have to go through the headache of ordering from China and you can return it locally if you don’t like it.
The Cube U35GT is back in the news [Google English]. This time it has 1GBs of RAM, not the 2GBs previously reported. It has a quad-core Rockchip 3188 and the other specs likely remain the same as before (scroll back up or use Find).
Update May 23, 2013: ICOO is claiming a 5,500mAh battery is in their Fatty 2 iPad Mini clone [Google English]:
Until I see one disassembled — outside of China — I’ll have my doubts. They can play with screen brightness and math to get that effective capacity without the battery actually being 5,500mAh.
Update May 24, 2013: Dealing with Chinese tech sites is getting depressing. Two of the first three posts I clicked on today were advertorial graft and at another site I had my astroturfing allegation confirmed (that will be a separate post). The announcements of new iPad Mini clones have stopped. So within the next two weeks, I will start compiling the 2.0 version of this post, which I hope to never have to update again. This will be the final update of this post until then.
Two tablets that do not qualify for this list:
1) Goopad Mini. Despite the (very misleading) ads that clutter the Net, the Goopad Mini is a regular eight-inch tablet that looks nothing like a true iPad Mini clone.
2) No.1 Mini Pad. Despite a similar slim-bezel design, it’s a seven-inch tablet at 1280 x 800. Not a true iPad Mini clone.
Additional update posts:
First iPad Mini Clone Hits Market: Ramos X10
iPad Mini Clone Onda V818 Mini Gets Firmware Update
Video: iPad Mini Clone Ramos X10
Video: iPad Mini Clone Onda V818
Onda V818 Gets Merciful Chinese Review
WiFi Direct And Miracast
AnTuTu Scores For Three CPUs
Video: iPad Mini Clone Ramos X10 Benchmarks
MediaTek MT6589 Quad-Core CPU AnTuTu Score
Chuwi Makes CPU Speed Claims
iPad Mini Clone Chuwi V88 Benchmarked
AnTuTu Antics With Chinese Phones
Just How Prevalent Is AnTuTu Score Fraud?
Onda V818 Mini: Credible AnTuTu Scores
Onda V818 Doing PDF
Onda V818 English-Language Video
iPad Mini Clone Onda V818 Mini Opened
iPad Mini Clone Chuwi V88 Gets Unboxed, Nano-Fondled
Owner Points Out Problems With Chuwi V88
Forums Discuss The Chuwi V88
Chuwi V88: Bluetooth In Settings
Chuwi V88 Battery Endurance Tests
Video: iPad Mini Clone Cube U35GT
PandaWill Posts Bullshit AnTuTu Score For Chuwi V88
Did IMP3Net Remove A Review Of The Chuwi V88?
Dealsprime Posts Honest AnTuTu Score For Chuwi V88
iPad Mini Clone HKC Quest Q79 On Video
Reader Iain In London Owns A Chuwi V88
IMP3Net Pulled Its Chuwi V88 Review And Changed It
A31/A31s-Based Tablets To Get Android 4.2.2
The Actions ATM7029 CPU Has A Secret
Owner Review of iPad Mini Clone Ramos X10
iPad Mini Clone Chuwi V88 Gets Reviewed
Chuwi V88 Notes From The Net
Onda V818 Gets Breathless Review
Chuwi V88 Notes From The Net #2
The Design Bankruptcy Of iPad Mini Clones
Spemall Posts Bullshit AnTuTu Score For Chuwi V88
Onda V818 Gets Android 4.2.2 This Week
Chinese iPad Mini Clone Notes #2
Get Android 4.2.2 For The Onda V818 Mini
Newsmy’s Clone Of An iPad Mini Clone
Chuwi V88: China’s iPad Mini
AnTuTu Reveals China Tablet Score Fraud
Avoid The ICOO Fatty 1 iPad Mini Clone