Apple seems to have hit the screen size limit with the iPhone 5′s four-inch diagonal screen squeezed into a taller package. That’s not stopping the iPad mini from being one of Apple’s more popular devices, eating into the full-sized iPad sales, though. But it’s still a tablet and not a phone. What would you get if you had an iPad mini that could make phone calls?
A Chinese knockoff tablet does just this. The tablet, named “No. 1 mini Pad” looks like an iPad mini from afar, and even the packaging mimics that of the iPad mini. However, you can distinguish it from the real thing with its wider bezel (the screen measures 7 inches rather than 7.9) and the branding at the back. It also runs an un-identified build of Android, although there’s no word whether it will be skinned to appear like iOS like some knockoffs.
Specs-wise, it’s not exactly an iPad mini or a Nexus 7 competitor, but it’s not likely that it would matter for this device’s target market.
The device comes with both rear- and front-facing cameras. According to GizChina, the device is just a prototype and build quality left much to be desired. There’s no word on the pricing yet, although GizChina says the tablet is set for production and release soon. We know how agile these Chinese manufacturing outfits are, and they can churn out gadgets at will.
Cheap knockoffs are quite abundant, especially in a country that does not have the same regard for intellectual property as with the rest of the world. As with most cheap knockoffs, though, there is no assurance that it will provide the same user experience as with a branded device, like the iPad Mini itself or the Nexus 7, especially in terms of responsiveness, build quality and battery life. But if you’re out for an iPad mini lookalike that does a bit more than the iPad itself (such as make calls), then this might be an interesting tablet to watch out for.