Huawei pitches 'first ever' 10in quad-core tablet
Full HD-plus screen too
This one is sure to interest Apple's lawyers: Huawei has introduced a 10.1in tablet based around a quad-core processor - the first time this has happened, the company claimed - and its front looks a lot like an iPad.
Cue trade-dress lawsuit, surely?
The MediaPad 10 FHD's back is different, mind. There's an 8Mp camera round there, to complement the 1.3Mp webcam on the front of the tablet.
Connectivity includes 84Mb/s HSPA+ 3G and Wi-Fi. The 1.5GHz K3 CPU is backed by a whopping - for a tablet - 2GB of Ram.
The 'FHD' in the name stands for Full HD: this boy has a 1920 x 1200 display. The tablet is 9mm thick and weighs 598g.
Huawei said the MediaPad 10 FHD will go on sale in April, May or June worldwide. It'll come with Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich installed. ®
It's black and curvy...
Therefore looks like an iPad!?
Someone warn Oprah she'll be getting a letter from Apple's lawyers!
Re: Just asking to be sued
I still dont get how they can sue for this. If its a tablet its little more than a screen and a shell. The screen needs a bezel around the edge so your thumbs arent hitting the screen when holding it. So from the front at least, they all look very similar.
If someone was to do this and put a round button with a square printed in the middle somewhere in the middle of one of the bezel sides, fair enough - but without that, its just a tablet.
If there is no apple on the back, seriously, where's the problem. Its functional design. If you dont want it to be ugly, its going to look fairly similar to an ipad. They all do.
Probably cheaper than an iPad.
First ever 10.1 inch quad core android tablet? They need to do their research better...
I know they are hard to find in stock and have QC issues but I'm sure this transformer prime I'm typing this post with proves them wrong.
Trademark rules exist for big companies ripping off smaller companies' IP as well as for smaller companies brazenly ripping off bigger companies' look and feel, and international law, remarkably enough, is not determined by b166er's purchasing preferences.
I suspect that if Apple were to make an absurdly obvious copy of a small company's L&F, most of those who would thumbs you up would be getting in line to scream bloody murder. But trademark rules do not apply only to companies you happen to dislike. If you oppose them, be prepared to accept small, innovative firms being put out of business when their IP and branding grabbed out from under them.
I guess if you'd accept the death of those businesses in exchange for saving ten bucks because some OEM can't be arsed to find any industrial designers in all of China, then good on ya.
But I'm not on board with that. I run a tiny-but-high-profile business which is highly dependent on its product design image. This is true not just for marketing, but is critical for quality perception. I've already seen people think that the horrid quality of a certain doppelganger applies to my products, which is brutal as people tell their friends, "oh, [my company] makes crap!" and the friends never get a chance to see that it's not true.
I may not be able to sue anyone myself, but at least the threat of litigation keeps the risk and barrier to entry high enough to determine or muffle most would-be copycats. If it were open season? Hell, there'd be a lot more than the one ripoff of my product that's out here now.
Until you think of the second- and third-order consequences of the things you advocate, get off your high horse.