iPed Launches For $105 in China, Runs On Android

Sounding more like a banned iPhone app than a tablet, the iPed is exactly what you’re probably thinking: a Chinese knockoff. Now available (!!!) in Shenzhen, China, the iPed is an Intel-driven, Android-based copycat packaged like an Apple product and, to be honest… it doesn’t look half bad. An Android device for ¥9,600 ($105)? Yes, please.

However, this device isn’t without its shortcomings. From the looks of this video, it’s mighty, mighty slow. Though allegedly powered by an Intel chip, the device apparently only sports up to 16gigs of space, and runs on 128mb of RAM – in this technological climate, barely enough to power a calculator.

Whatever the case, this is by and large the most impressive ripoff from China I’ve ever seen – much better than, say, the KenSingTon ‘Chintendo Vii’ (which I swear is also a real product) – and proves one thing, if nothing else: they’re getting better (and faster) at this. Give ’em another decade and Apple may want to consider taking this copycat business a mite more seriously.

Behold, as bewildered Japanese newscasters weigh in on the iPed’s sudden appearance on the Chinese market.

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Written by Ty Dunitz

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  • Der Jon

    er… so does this device cost ¥9,600 (which is $1,405) or $150 (which is ¥1,024)?

    Which is it?

    • D. Hazelton

      ¥9,600 at the current conversion rate of about $0.0109US per Yen is about $105US. Don’t know where you got your figures there, but they are wrong 🙂

    • Sepheryn

      ¥9600 is $105…

      $1405 works out at ¥127960

      $150 = ¥13661

      Where did you get $150 from? The article says $105.

      Plus whatever currency converter you’re using just doesn’t work… lol

      Try this one http://www.xe.com

      • Ricky

        I think the problem is that some people are using Chinese yuan and some are using Japanese yen, which have the same symbol.

    • lisa
  • I found it for $250, so it’s not that appealing anymore.

  • dk69

    If its like any knockoff in china they start at 9,000 Yuan and you wind up getting it for something like 600…. 9000 yuan is closer to 1000 USD though, not 100.

    • Pranav

      That’s Yen, not Yuan.

  • Where did you find it Ivan?

  • s

    @Der Jon, you’re mixing it up with the Japanese YEN and Chinese YUEN.

  • hey tony duntz or whatever your name is–the Iphone only runs on 128 MB or ram and apple Ipad runs on 256MB of RAM. How can anyone perceive integrity in your techno-savvy analysis when you have no concept of memory? dunce

  • Jo Dean

    Wow that makes a lot of sense dude, I like it.


  • Durr, Jon

    ¥9,600 is approx. $150

  • Éd

    Few months to provide a copy like that, nice job 🙂
    If it’s available for only ~105$ that really interesting, even more with Android embed !
    Is there an official website ? 😛

    @Der Jon where did you see that ¥9,600 is $1,405 ?
    Yen-Dollar is *mainly* around ~100¥ = 1$ http://is.gd/cvUV8

  • I want one, no matter the cost, so that I can find people with an iPad and I’ll act all smug under my willful ignorance. It will be glorious as I pontificate on the iPeds awesomeness and ignore all short comings, becoming violently angry towards those that dare try to point out above said short comings.

  • Prophet

    You’re getting Yen (very roughly 100 to $1) and the Chinese Yuan (about 8 to $1) mixed up…tard.

  • tv critter

    Um. the “Apad” has been around for a couple of weeks now.
    Ebay it.
    What’s the big deal?

  • sereal

    do you guys think that this iPed thingy will ruin iPad market ?
    i dont think so…

    • I don’t think it’s the iPed that wil ruin Apple’s business… but maybe some of the other Android tablets that we will see in near future…

  • lisa
  • dave

    if you watch the video, it clearly says 730 yuan, 9600 yen.
    and anyway, it is android based, nothing to do with apples osx.
    so what is the problem. there is no “ripoff” here.
    simply competition from android, which is far superior in any case.


  • Der Jon

    Err… sorry guys, but last time I checked, Shenzhen is in China, not Japan. You guys are all converting Japanese Yen into US dollars….. when you should be converting Chinese Yen (or RMB) into US dollars.

    I’m using Google to calculate the currency conversion, so I doubt there is anything wrong with my converter…. human error is the problem here….


    • Carman

      It costs 730 yuan/rmb/Chinese dollars, which is 9600 yen/Japanese dollars. Either way it should be around 105 USD, ugh, get your facts straight.

  • Lk

    I love this, but looking at it, it’s so underpowered.

  • “Look… me and the McDonald’s people got this little misunderstanding. See, they’re McDonald’s… I’m McDowell’s. They got the Golden Arches, mine is the Golden Arcs. They got the Big Mac, I got the Big Mick. We both got two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions, but their buns have sesame seeds. My buns have no seeds.”

    • mut

      LOL, classic film right there!

  • Amesome – USB support & ‘supports tons of filetypes’ puts it head & shoulders above the iPad!
    If they churn one out with more memory & a faster processor for a little bit more cash it would sell like crazy.

    Hell, if this one can run Google maps decently it would make a pretty good big screen sat-nav.

  • I’m in Hong Kong and go across the boundary to mainland China sometimes. ¥ is used to represent Chinese Yuan there, although it’s more often seen representing Japanese Yen elsewhere.


  • xerxes

    While the Iped is from China, the video is from Japan. The ¥ 9600 price is in yen not yuan. It costs about a hundred bucks.

  • jack attack

    Dear Der Jon,

    This is a Japanese newscast. In the newscast the woman states, in Japanese yen the iPed cost 9,600 yen ($105). next to the price in in Japanese yen is the price in Chinese yuan (730 yuan). It is also stated quite clearly in the article.

    So the cost is 730 yuan, 9,600 Japanese yen or $105… not $1,405

  • Ben

    Yeah just got back from HK/Shenzhen area and saw them in the local market with the cell phones. I saw many people lined up to buy them and though man these chinese have a lot of money to be buying black market Ipads. Upon a closer look I saw the Apad/Iped device and they are right it’s slow and doesn’t last more than a few hours on battery. But for the price of 750 yuan it would be a good ebook reader for sure.

    BTW the exchange rate is around 6.81 yuan per Dollar.

  • Mike Strobel

    The currency conversion cited in the post is from Japanese Yen to USD; it should be from Chinese Yuan to USD. Although they use the same currency symbol, the conversion rates are quite different. Google “9600 RMB in USD” to get today’s conversion, approximately 1,406 USD. Hardly a compelling deal.

    • Carman

      Watch the video, it’s 9600 JAPANESE DOLLARS, which is 730 RMB. Retard.

  • corenfa

    Actually, at 1:52 you see the price. It is 9600 JPY (Japanese Yen, they are the ones reporting the story) and 730 CNY (Chinese Yuan, conversion just to the right of the Japanese price). Both of those figures are $106.00 american.

  • ben

    LOL. idiots.

  • jack attack

    you people really are stupid. why on earth can’t you figure out the conversions.

  • shorty

    can we have some intelligent discussion about the iped/apad/ipad instead of peurile arguments about currency conversions?

    • grace

      Yes,you’re right,it doesn’t matter about the conversion,this is all about Iped and Ipad…

  • for just a few hundred bucks and with the things you can do with the iped, not bad,…it runs on android already..that alone should be considered as a jackpot already

  • Smestarz

    Maybe the guy is talking RMB 960 (Chinese yuan) which would be closer to that figure (US$ 105)

  • darky

    After reviewing the lack of intelligence (i.e. conversions) in this thread I now know why we are doomed as a race 😉

  • james

    hey will this thing work with flash?

  • Lawrie

    Has no one noticed that it’s a 7″ screen NOT 9.7″ like the real thing and its made from classy plastic not glass and aluminium like the real thing. Total crap, will have no impact on iPad sales, looks more like a cheap Chinese GPS in a fake iPad case.

  • i think who cares as long as it will do the job why complain it’s cheaper then apples ipad
    so i will be buying a iped 105 bucks is cheap

  • sim

    I recommend you check out (Shanzai.com look at the Apple iPad – Pt.3) on utube, hahaha

  • Chris

    There is a bigger screen, faster CPU with Android 2.1 (?) due out soon. From what I’ve seen, the current model is pretty sluggish.. However, its more than enough for me to read my e-books, or even use it as a monitor/server for IP cameras. All for a low low price of ~US$100!!

  • eddiethehill

    This iPed looks like it could be a really good ebook reader and webmail device, especially as it is Android driven. Can anyone identify the exact model in the Japanese TV report?. That one looks larger than 7 inches, more like a 10 inch screen. For 80 euros it looks like a great deal. I want one. I have friends in Hong Kong who could buy one locally for me but I need the EXACT model number.

  • eddiethehill

    Thanks Carman. I read the page through a translator. I’m still looking for a spec sheet for this thing. None of the photos on chinagrabber website have the same side connections as the machine in the TV report. They all have fewer ports and seem to lack the larger USB? socket.
    Do you know if these iPeds have shown up in HK shops yet?

  • Why everyone not talk about “Flash” feature on this device? why just make price controversy about that device? -.-

  • george

    I actually picked my one up at http://www.ipedasia.com

    I was interested to test them and see what they are like.

    In all honesty, they aren’t too bad at all!

  • Adrian

    can update to Android 2.2 ??

  • daisy

    buy one from caltechmall.com
    it looks great!!!

  • Peter

    i bought an iPed from http://www.iped-tablet.com/ for $240 aud.
    it came in a poorly packed box and hence a broken screen.

    at first they said they would exchange it and gave me an address to send to. i sent it back at my cost and it was returned by auspost because the address was wrong.

    i have now emailed them four times with no reply. not sure if have done my dough but sure looks like it. anyone considering buying from this company should be buyer aware.

    if i get the problem resolved i will update this.

  • Panday

    Just wondering where can I buy that said iped here in Manila Phil.?

    • Nonoy

      sells here in bacolod city for 4,000 bucks. darn cheap! i’m using it as an e-book reader;)

  • Hello

    The best Seller for Tablet Android it’s the Iped 1 .2 Ghz with 512 Mo. You can find in EUrope on this seller .


    More attention take With 512 Memory

    I leave in Serbie . I received my Tablet Android in 6 Days .

  • to Der John

    The article is discussing Yen.

    Yes its from China , but the reporter is Japanese. The language on the screen is Japanese and not Chinese.
    It’s being broadcasted on JNN – a Japanese news channel.

    They are quoting the price in Japanese Yen, in Japanese language over a Japanese network to a Japanese audience.

    But for what it’s worth I agree with you, human error is the problem here. FAIL.

  • Well, I’m a Chinese and days ago happened to get access to an iPed, well, more precisely, an upgraded, or 2G iPed prototype
    It’s funny on that:
    1) Upgraded to Android 2.2
    2) FM receiver and transmitter
    3) 802.11n WIFI model
    4) A place-holder for GPS…. not very certain… may not appear in final product to cost controll.
    5) still no camera
    And the price is… $175, or !¥1200 China RMB

  • Peter

    Well i have had no replies from http://www.iped-tablet.com/.

  • dan

    where did you find one upgraded at that price?

  • jay

    I already have one! iped MID760.
    I’m from manila philippines. i purchased it for only 3800 pesos = 76USD if 1USD=50pesos
    I purchased it at 168 shopping mall in divisoria 🙂

  • gene

    hi jay,
    how is the performance? i am planning to buy one for myself intended for wifi use only. can you provide some reviews? from what store did you buy it?

  • Hi, Does anyone know how to unlock the IPED I bought?. the padlock was unlocked when I bought it & I pressed a key & now it is locked. Help. Noel

  • is it any good? definitely I’m not expecting the finishing quality and the Apple UI in the Chinese iPed, but still, does it work good?

  • ROn

    That’s funny – 40 conversations about the conversion and 4 about the device. Now THAT’S entertainment!

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