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iPhone 5 Knockoffs Showing Up in China Already

Months before the iPhone 5 is expected to launch, Chinese counterfeiters have already started producing an iPhone 5 knock-off partially based on the leaked designs.


According to GizChina, this particular "iPhone 5" is being sold for $108 USD with a JAVA based OS, MP3 and MP4 playback and Wi-Fi.

The images show a tapered edge design similar to the leaked case designs, though it's not exact. This "iPhone 5" doesn't have the mute switch moved to the opposite side as seen on the case designs. It also retains the usual look of the home button rather than an elongated design.


The body of the device is only 7mm thick while the iPhone 4 comes in at 9.3mm. The device is indeed being called an "iPhone 5" in its sales material, which we tracked back to Chinese online store Taobao.

A similar sequence of events happened last year after the iPhone 4 was extensively leaked. Early manufacturers shipped iPhone 4 clones/counterfeits well before the official launch. Counterfeit of Apple's products and even Apple Stores have been a common problem. The knockoffs have become increasingly sophisticated in emulating iOS and could deceive unsavvy shoppers.

Apple is expected to release the actual iPhone 5 sometime in September. Case leaks have already begun in China. These design documents are good enough to create mock products as we saw with the iPad 2. This design isn't exactly like the specs but does seem somewhat inspired by them.

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41 months ago
but will it blend?
Rating: 11 Votes
41 months ago


Looks plausible ... Wonder how many will go to jail this time ...

They're in China, I guess the number is 0.
Rating: 8 Votes
41 months ago
It amazes me how china get away with this stuff. :confused:
Rating: 7 Votes
41 months ago
Gotta love the Apple fans...

Everything is pathetic, knock off, ugly, not good, "Apple would never do that"... until it's confirmed that it indeed is an Apple then it turns to magical, amazing, revolutionary, fantastic design!
Rating: 6 Votes
41 months ago
well, now all the pre-manufacturered cases can be used! :cool:
Rating: 5 Votes
41 months ago
Ugly.
Rating: 5 Votes
41 months ago

Ewwwww, looks ├╝ber-fugly. The screen is smaller, the body is thicker. Hell no!!!!!! :mad:

This means you think the iPhone 3G and 3GS is ugly too because that is pretty much what it looks like to me.



When will people get it? Beauty is very subjective and you have been paying for the same exact phone for over four years now with slight modifications here and there with the OS, internal hardware, and casing.

Not since the first iPhone has Apple put out anything that revolutionary. An evolution (or rehashing) is what follows and an incremental update in the same slate designs. This is how technology works. They want you to get excited about a new phone every year and keep you coming back for more like new flavors in an ice cream parlor. After maybe iPhone 6 or 7, people will start getting sick of it as anything good will run its course. The market is fickle. Look at the iPod classic line. Nothing last forever.

As for the design itself, I do believe Apple will go for a bigger screen than the clone and go back to the rounder shape of the iPhone 3's.
Rating: 4 Votes
41 months ago
Wow. No sense of design. Though, I'd be laughing (mostly at myself) if the real iPhone 5 looked like this.
Rating: 4 Votes
41 months ago
Apple could stop the counterfeiting quickly if it told the Chinese government that unless the piracy is stopped, Apple will move ALL the manufacturing of its products from FoxConn in China to companies in Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam and Thailand.
Rating: 3 Votes
41 months ago
At least Samsung had the decency to not put an Apple logo on their knock-offs.
:p
Rating: 3 Votes

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