China’s National Day holiday continues to keep things quiet at the tech sites I check daily.
In the forums, the Onda V819 Mini continues to get lots of astroturf action [Google English]. It’s like AnTuTu 4.0 and AnTuTu X were never released:
That’s clearly fraudulent. AnTuTu X puts it in the 12,000 range.
What’s interesting about all of the Onda V819 Mini astroturf posts is that there hasn’t been anything similar for the Atom-based Teclast P89 Mini, which has been available for just as long.
A forum post gripes about the visual mismatch between the render of the Ramos K1 tablet and the actual tablet [Google English].
However, anyone looking for a small tablet would be better served by getting a 2013 Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HDX 7- or 8.9-inch, LG G Pad 8.3, or the Dell Venue 7 or 8 Android tablets. The Dell tablets use the Intel Atom, killing the brief advantage the Teclast P89 Mini had.
And if having a 4:3 screen is a must, the upcoming HP Slate 8 Pro just kills all the Chinese clones with its Nvidia Tegra 4 CPU and 1600 x 1200 screen. Even if HP continues its record of stupidity and cripples it with just 1GB of RAM, I’d still have to recommend it over any Chinese iPad Mini clone. For a tablet with 2GBs of RAM, go for the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 or the LG G Pad 8.3, both of which have screens nearly as wide as an iPad Mini.
It’s difficult for me to envision my interest in Chinese iPad Mini clones reviving even if — and it’s probably inevitable — they adopt the 1600 x 1200 screen of the HP Slate 8 Pro. The risk of buying from China, the lack of world-class quality control, and their propensity to cheat all mitigate such a revival. Even my desire for MultiWindow Android is not enough for me to go with a Chinese tablet.
The only tablet that might have any chance outside of China is the vapor-tablet from Xiaomi, which has dropped from everyone’s radar screen and probably won’t be released this year, if ever.
So, aside from a few more posts about Ramos K1 and the Tomato T2, this will generally end my coverage of Chinese iPad Mini clones.
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