Onda V818 Mini borrows iPad mini’s size and design, goes for half its price

March 22, 2013
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Looking for an Android-based iPad mini lookalike with a little more pizazz than the GooPad mini clone? Meet the Onda V818 Mini. This is not a clone per se, but it does steal borrow iPad mini’s overall design and display size. All while keeping the price uber-low.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves and start from the beginning. Who the fudge is Onda? To be frank, we never heard of the company before December 2012. And the most relevant Google search results for the OEM’s name send us to a Portuguese sportswear brand.

Only this Onda is not Portuguese and it doesn’t sell sneakers. Instead, the company is based in China and does what nearly everyone does in Shanzhai Land, only with a little bit of extra style. In other words, you can’t really expect reliability from its gadgets, but you might just be surprised.

And now let’s sink our teeth in Onda V818 Mini’s specs. The 7.9-inch IPS display is no Retina unit, but it’s not that bad either, boasting a 1,024 x 768 pixels resolution. The Allwinner A31S quad-core processor is fairly average too, being based on the juice-saving ARM Cortex-A7 architecture and having a PowerVR SGX 544 GPU as a sidekick.

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No major selling point so far, but how about 2 GB of RAM as a starter? The 5 MP rear-facing camera sounds pretty awesome too, while the 16 GB of on-board storage can be expanded via microSD. And what can we say about the on-board Android 4.1 Jelly Bean other than it’s just perfect?

There’s even a front-facing 0.3 MP camera on the thing, but no Bluetooth or GPS. As for the battery, one of Onda’s websites is listing it at 4,500 mAh, while another says it’s a 5,000 mAh unit. Even if the former will prove legitimate, that’s still pretty nice, given Google’s Nexus 7 for instance only packs a 4,325 mAh battery while having a higher-res display and a more power-demanding CPU.

The absolute kicker is obviously V818 Mini’s price point – $170. That’s less than the N7 and half of what the iPad mini goes for. Onda doesn’t have the tab in stock at the time being, but it estimates it’s going to be able to kick shipping into gear “sometime in April”. Any takers? Come on, at least to play some pranks on unsuspecting Apple fanboys!

Comments

  • p3ngwin

    “The 7.9-inch IPS display is no Retina unit…”

    neither is the iPad Mini, which exactly the same resolution as this Onda tablet..

    • Adrian Diaconescu

      I know the iPad Mini doesn’t come with a Retina display. But I meant unlike the previous Onda tablet we spotted (the V972), this is no Retina panel or Retina-like panel.

    • kascollet

      Yes, it’s a totall ripp-off, even for the bad specs :-D

      Onda is also the maker of the Archos line of tablets.

      • p3ngwin

        i was referring to the way the article mistakenly says the Onda is “no retina screen”, as if the iPad Mini *is* retina, which it is not, it’s the same resolution.

  • seyss

    another example of dog eaters copying american stuff

    • Xiang

      Considering that both of those products are manufactured in the same country, you are borrowing their stuff.

      • seyss

        manufacturing is only a small part of a product. designing, the most important and brain-demanding step is done in US in Apple’s case. that shitty tablet is totally designed and manufactured by dog eaters

        • kneesus

          Dogs are delicious, your point?

  • Scott Uwaze

    IN fact, you can see the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcETZLPC5SM

  • Team Cook

    The author forgot to mention that the Rockchip RK3188 Cortex A9 Quad core System on Chip and Cortex A7 Allwinner A31 built into the Onda and other Chinese tablets leaves even Tegra 3 in the dust. Antutu’s benchmark for Android devices equipped with RK3188 run up to 18,000+. The Allwinner A31 gets about 14,000+ and Tegra 3 goes for a measly 10,000+ The Cortex A5 that comes with the Ipad Mini is an even weaker processor than Tegra 3.

  • Team Cook

    The author forgot to mention that the Rockchip RK3188 Cortex A9 Quad core System on Chip and Cortex A7 Allwinner A31 built into the Onda and other Chinese tablets leaves even Tegra 3 in the dust. Antutu’s benchmark for Android devices equipped with RK3188 run up to 18,000+. The Allwinner A31 gets about 14,000+ and Tegra 3 goes for a measly 10,000+ The Cortex A5 that comes with the Ipad Mini is an even weaker processor than Tegra 3.