The other day I was writing about the Ramos X10 Mini Pad, which is clearly an Apple iPad mini look-alike. The is another iPad mini look-alike which has hit the market, and this one comes closer to the mark, the MSI Primo 81.
The MSI Primo 81 has a 7.85 inch, 1024 x 768 pixel IPS display, which has the same size, resolution and aspect ratio as the display on the iPad mini. The MSI Primo 81 also comes in a aluminum case which is just a hair bit thicker than the iPad mini.
- MSI Primo 81 - 200 x 135 x 7.8mm
- Apple iPad mini - 200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm
The MSI Primo 81 ships with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and is powered by a Allwinner A31s Quad core 1.0 GHz quad-core processor and PowerVR SGX544MP2 graphics. The MSI Primo 81 comes with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage. Inter storage is expandable via a microSD card slot. Power is provided via a adequately sized 3500 mAh battery. The Ramos tablet has a VGA front camera, a 2MP rear camera, a HDMI port, WiFi and Bluetooth, but lacks GPS. Ironically, with HDMI out and USB-on-the-go support, this might actually make a better laptop replacement than the iPad mini.
Street price for the the MSI Primo 81 is at Php8,500, which is almost half the cost of an Apple iPad mini.