Seeing Chinese Android-based knockoffs of Apple’s products isn’t anything new. Assuming Apple continues its tradition of releasing an “S” variant this year, China Shanzhai manufacturer has an early released of the Goophone i5S before Apple actually launch its original one. It’s visually similar to the current iPhone 5, as Apple’s iPhone 5S could look identical just as the 4S was to the 4. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with a heavily customized skin to make it look like iOS, users can switch between stock Android and the ripoff skin. Under the hood is Mediatek’s 1GHz MT6577 processor with only 512MB of RAM, and it has a 4-inch display with the same aspect ratio as iPhone 5, but resolution only at 854×480 pixel, no Retina display. 8GB on-board storage, 5MP back camera, 1.3MP front camera, fortunately, it doesn’t comes with lightning connector …
The knockoff device cost US$99 for the first 1,000 buyers, and US$149 thereafter. The first 1000 units is already sold out in just 21 minutes. Judging from the hands-on video, it’s surprise to see the phone can run pretty smooth with 512MB of RAM, consider its an Android platform. Obviously we wouldn’t recommend this phone to serious smartphone user, but if you’re in the market for a cheap iPhone 5 knockoff then I suppose this Goophone i5S is one to keep an eye on.
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