Fake Macbook Air: 2012 China model for $500 may tempt you

By Posted 1 Nov 2011, 10:46

We recently informed you about a possible new update to Apple’s Macbook Air lineup sometime in 2012, but just take a look at this. China’s Shenzhen district has once again managed to come up with an Apple clone, this time with a almost perfect replica of Apple’s Macbook Air.

We told you back in June how the Apple iPad was the subject of similar clones, most notably China’s iPed which gained considerable media attention, but Shenzhen’s latest effort really takes clones to another level, and actually – it doesn’t look too bad in the whole scale of things.

Of course, we would take Apple’s official model over any fake clone any day as you simply can’t compare, but for those consumers that really can’t afford to pay $1000+ for one, this model which is available to buy at half the price may simply be too good to turn down.

China’s knockoff Macbook Air will be available to buy at somepoint in November, according to M.I.C Gadget, and it will come in at around $470 USD as well. As for the important specs, it is meant to be packing a 1.8GHz Intel Atom D525 CPU with GMA 3150 graphics, a 13.3-inch 1366×768 LED display, a 32GB SSD with 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage capacities available as well. You’ll also get 2GB of RAM which is upgradable to 4GB , two USB 2.0 ports, a SD card slot, and also a HDMI port.

Here’s the inevitable downside to the clone though – it reportedly ships with Windows XP. Although it promises a boot up time of around 18 seconds, consumers are not going to want to show this off to anyone with such an outdated OS. If it can be manually updated with OS X Lion though, that’s a different story obviously.

For those of you wondering about battery life, it’s said to offer around 3.5 hours – which is not amazing by any means, but definitely not a disaster. What are your thoughts on this clone, are any of you tempted to buy it? Since I’m close to the Shenzhen district, I’ll see if I can get hold of one for closer examination for you guys. More pictures available at M.I.C Gadget.

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  • Slinda100

    My friend got hold of the company and they said that they would only be selling these for export, and not in stores over here ( I am in Shanghai). This does not make sense so we will have to see what happens next month. 

    • Anonymous

      Yeah that sounds a bit odd, I’m sure they will turn up in Shenzhen computer district though…they always do! :-) Thanks

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