Cheap Chinese Pip-Boy Knockoff
In the year 2065, a Chinese spy managed to acquire a Pip-Boy 3000 from a drunk RobCo employee, later he/she took it back to mainland. The following year, under the order of some PLA higher ups, an unknown military facility was sucessfully reverse engineered the Pip-Boy hardware.
Despite minor hardware differences, this Pip-Boy clone is capable of running original Pip-OS software, although not as stable as the original ones. Mass production started in the following summer, where tension between two powers at the peak.
The clone was supposed to be issued to select PLA high ranking officers and field agent, but someone saw its functionality and thought it’s better suited as a bribery material. Therefore a sizable leak made numerous Pip-Boys appeared on chinese markets, black and white. While its prices did cheaper than genuine model, it was still a luxury item for average middle-class citizen.
Most people who accept the bribe didn’t know how to operate this device(or too lazy to figure it out themselves), when the war comes, they traded the device for more pratical item, like food and water. When soldiers and secret agent with the Pip-Boy died on Anchorage, the unit wasn’t abandoned on the icy wasteland. Somehow they appear on black markets of the Commonwealth.