The most expensive tablet in China costs twice the price of an iPad

A 9.7-inch android tablet called “Hongpaiyihao (Red Group Number One)” launched by a Chinese vendor is making news by costing twice the iPad’s price. Touted to be made exclusively for government officials of China, the RMB 9,999 (US$1,580) tablet comes to you in a leather case that has the product name embossed in gold. It features an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 5 MP camera, 2 MP front-facing camera, 3G connectivity, and runs on Android 3.2 Honeycomb. An 8,000 mAh battery means that it should run for at least a week. However, that’s not all that you are paying for.

The device comes pre-installed with pro-China apps, like Red Microblog and several of China’s stated-fund newspapers, including the Electronic Public Opinion that offers exclusive content. While the homepage to the device seems inaccessible, it’s hard to say if this is a prank or something you can actually own.

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