The THD N2-A: A $149 Fake MacBook Air Running Ice Cream Sandwich

With all of the announcements from E3 and Computex over the last week, it’s not hard to dig out a few underestimated diamonds in the rough. What we have here isn’t a MacBook Air, although it is the closest thing we’ve seen. The THD N2-A is almost an identical replica of Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Air, but with a twist: it’s running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich instead of Mac OS X.

For $149 you’ll get a 13.3-inch 1366×768 LED-backlit display, a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor and 1GB of DDR3 RAM. You can access the internet via the built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi or plug in an external 3G dongle to either of the two USB 2.0 ports. There’s also 8GB of on board storage as well as an SD card slot for further expansion. The company has tried so hard to harness Apple’s mojo that they’ve even included the same iconic magnetic AC power adapter found on the MacBook line of laptops. Unfortunately, their current model isn’t outfitted with a touchscreen, though the company does say they are looking to integrate the technology into future products.

As great as this device sounds, don’t expect it to hit US store shelves anytime soon. The device is being marketed as an OEM product, meaning distributors will have to purchase at least 500 units in order to take advantage of the inexpensive $149 price tag. However, there is a chance we could see the N2-A brought over to America through third party retaielrs for a mere $200. Let’s just hope the company can get the device overseas before Apple’s lawyers have their way.



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