THD N2-A: A KIRF MacBook Air on Android ICS

Some KIRF Apple products have once again been spotted at this year’s Computex event in Taipei. KIRF, which is slang for “Keeping It Real Fake” has been used to label products that copy the form factor of popular devices and pass themselves off as the real things. One such product is the N2-A, which looks just like the MacBook Air from Apple. With a price tag of only $149, this is one of the cheapest KIRF MacBook Air products available. By comparison, the real MacBook Air costs around $900 to more than $1000.

The device is manufactured by a company called Thread Technology Co. or THD, which has been demoing the device at Computex. According to THD, the device is packed with an LED backlit LCD with a resolution of 1366 x 768. Inside it is a 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, an 8 GB Solid State Disk, and a full GB of RAM. 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi provides the connectivity, but users can opt for 3G, as well, through the addition of a 3G dongle or LAN Internet through the built-in Ethernet adapter. There is also a full-sized keyboard and a trackpad on the device, as well as an SD card slot, an HDMI port, a headphones jack, and a microphone jack. The N2-A is powered by a two-cell 4200 mAh battery which promises up to eight hours of usage.

Like the MacBook Air, the device is ultrathin and light, weighing only 3.4 lbs of 1.55 kg. However, there are many telltale signs that this is not a real MacBook Air for customers who are trying to pass it off as one. In the demo notebook offered by THD, for instance, one can see the scratches on the trackpad after only a few days of being present in the expo. Several flaws can likewise be already spotted on the case. Furthermore, if one looks at the keyboard, a Windows key can be found.

Notwithstanding the presence of the Windows key, however, this device does not run on Windows, or on OS X, for that matter. Android Ice Cream Sandwich is the choice of OS for this particular model. However, for users who prefer Windows, another model with Windows 7 and a dual-core processor is being offered by THD called N2-C.