Previously: Astroturfing, China-Style
And today it was all confirmed.
Google English: [Chi] magic of the horizon-speed pad mini double joy
That post is advertorial graft that also confirms my allegation that certain forum posts at IMP3Net are manufacturer astroturfing.
Screensnap from the post:
Click that to enlarge it and see what I’ve red-circled as the Source. The source of the post is Chuwi. You don’t find out this is advertorial graft until you’ve clicked to view the post.
Here’s a another screensnap from the post:
This post is a bonus. It confirms that certain highly-detailed posts in the IMP3Net forums are outright manufacturer-placed astroturfing.
The photo above first appeared in one of several highly-detailed forums posts about the Chuwi V88:
It’s from this forum post [Google English]: [Review / disassemble] screen glory I am the true quad-core: RK3188 MINI first quad-core machine Chi for speed PAD mini V88 A9 quad screen experience!. Scroll through it to see other photos also used in the IMP3Net adverorial graft post.
Chinese tech site readers have probably been exposed to this kind of thing for years. This is why domestic brand tablets don’t sell well. The Chinese customers understand they’re all being played to extract money from them, not to offer them actual value.
But I’ve been reading Chinese tech sites only recently, as I’ve investigated Chinese iPad Mini clones. I thought corruption in American tech sites was bad. The Chinese have taken it to a whole new — and very low — level.
None of these Chinese manufacturers are ever going to achieve world prominence as long as they continue to try to bamboozle potential customers like this.
This also makes me wonder about the delays in the Archos 80 Platinum appearing. Could it be Onda bamboozled Archos with fake benchmarks and Archos is trying to get out of their contract? In terms of legitimate AnTuTu scores, the quad-core A31 CPU in the 80 Platinum is really not much better than the dual-core Rockchip in the 80 Titanium. The only edge the A31 has is a better GPU.
Anyway, if you have any interest in getting a “bargain” out of China, things aren’t what they seem at first glance. You really must dig — and keep digging — until you reach the truth. Don’t trust the manufacturers, don’t trust posts in Chinese forums, and don’t trust the sellers that specialize in shipping Chinese tablets to other countries. Only trust other buyers — and even then, know their record.