Chinese Clone Maker May Sue Apple Over iPad



How do you get more attention for a largely unknown netbook at a time when the tech press has the vapors for Apple’s iPad? You sue Apple and claim its new device is just a clone of your netbook, thus grabbing some headlines for a day or two. China’s Shenzhen Great Loong Brothers said it might sue Apple, claiming the iPad looks like its P88.

The Chinese company’s president Xiaolong Wu, in an interview with Spain’s El Mundo, said if Apple tries to sell the iPad in China he “won’t have any choice but to report them [Apple],” noting the device would hurt his sales.

Although the P88 and the iPad seem to share a similar 10-inch screen and a black bezel, Wu said the two devices are “completely identical.” However, aside from the glaring difference – the P88 is Windows-based and the iPad uses Apple’s iPhone OS – there are several others. The P88 uses resistive touch while the iPad uses a multi-touch screen. The Chinese devices also includes a 250GB hard drive, a Webcam, and is thicker and heavier than the iPad. The “completely identical” features are rounded out with a 1.5-hour battery life.

[Via El Mundo, Gadget Lab, PCWorld]