If you’re not familiar with GooPhone (because, why would you be, right?), then let me explain. GooPhone is the stupendously brilliant Chinese company that clones Apple’s designs, then launches its products before Apple. When Apple releases its product, GooPhone tries to sue. It’s a foolproof business plan, isn’t it?
Well today, GooPhone has announced its latest product, the GooPad mini. As the name would suggest, it’s a shameless copy of Apple’s latest endeavour, the iPad mini, the only difference being the price. The GooPad mini is $99, a bargain compared to the iPad mini’s $329 starting price.
And to make GooPhone’s device even more attractive, the specs are almost enough to rival Apple, check ‘em out:
• An 8-inch, 1024 x 768 display
• A 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB of storage
• A 2MP rear camera + 0.3MP front camera
• Android 4.1 Jellybean iOS, with a custom theme called iLaunch
• Slim Aluminium design
Plus, there’s none of the typical GooPhone antics from a business standpoint, because Apple’s tiny tablet will launch before GooPhone’s, meaning no design lawsuits.
However, when I see specs like these, with a design that will undoubtedly be a carbon copy of an Apple product, I can’t help but wish the design was original. Think of that, a competitively specced, uniquely designed Android tablet for $99. That’s a device that would surely sell. Sadly, due to its Ctrl C + Ctrl V styling, GooPhone probably won’t shift too many GooPad minis, shame.