Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Goophone beats Apple to the punch with an iPhone “5S” knock-off for $99 [VIDEO]

Seeing Chinese Android-based knockoffs of Apple’s products isn’t anything new these days — it’s a big reason why Apple is looking to step its game up in China — but it’s not often you see someone beating Apple to the punch. Assuming Apple continues its tradition of releasing an “S” variant this year, Goophone has taken it upon itself to release the Goophone i5S. It’s visually similar to the current iPhone 5, and that’s fine: Apple’s iPhone 5S could look identical just as the 4S was to the 4, after all.

It’ll cost $99 for the first 1,000 buyers starting tomorrow, and $149 thereafter. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with a heavily customized skin to make it look like iOS, though Goophone gives users an easy option to switch between stock Android and the ripoff skin. Under the hood is Mediatek’s 1GHz MT6577 processor with 512MB of RAM, and it has a 4-inch display with that same weird aspect ratio Apple uses for the iPhone 5.

We obviously wouldn’t recommend this phone to those looking for a serious smartphone to walk around with, but if for some reason you’re in the market for a cheap iPhone 5 knockoff then I suppose this is one to keep an eye on. Retailer AndroidSale has posted a quick video recording of the abomination so be sure to check that out above if you’re curious.

[via GizmoChina]

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