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Samsung released a $1,200 Mac Pro clone while we were talking about exploding Notes

Published Oct 12th, 2016 5:31PM EDT
Samsung Mac Pro Clone
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This Samsung Mac Pro lookalike is already available on Amazon for preorder. It seems that Samsung launched it earlier this week, but everyone was simply too busy with Samsung’s more popular exploding Galaxy Note 7 to notice a desktop PC that’s basically a Mac Pro clone.

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There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the trash can design in the image above. Until you realize it’s a Samsung PC that’s clearly inspired from Apple’s Mac Pro trash can design. Now we have a problem considering Samsung’s history. Yet again, Samsung is copying Apple. Or it’s being a fast-follower. Although in this case, Samsung certainly took its time to come up with this “unique design.”

A Samsung lawyer somewhere would probably argue that Apple doesn’t own trash can design. And he or she might be right. But this Samsung ArtPC Pulse — oh yes, it’s an Art PC — is clearly a Mac Pro ripoff.

Ironically, just as Samsung tries to sell this Mac Pro clone for at least $1,200, the Supreme Court is hearing Apple and Samsung in a patent case where one of the parties is accused of copying the other’s iPhone.

Getting back to the ArtPC, you should know that the cylindrical PC offers some interesting features, including Harmon Kardon 360-degree Omni-directional speaker” and removable expansion modules that will let you easily upgrade it in the future.

The basic version sells for $1,200 and offers an Intel i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and a Radeon RX 460 GPU. $400 extra buys you an Intel i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and an additional 1TB HDD on top of that 256GB SSD unit.

The ArtPC Pulse desktop will ship on October 28th, and you can preorder it right now.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

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