By Jiawei Liu
Premier maker of knockoff iPhones Goophone has released the Goophone i5S, continuing a theme of releasing fakes before the product being copied has actually been released.
Goophone i5S specs:
OS: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
CPU: 1GHzMediaTek MT6577 (Dual core)
Display: 4 inches (854×480 pixels)
Front camera: 1.3 megapixels
Back camera: 5.0 megapixels
In addition, according to Rocket News 24:
The Goophone i5S can only connect to 3G networks, unlike the iPhone5S which has 4G LTE capabilities. The one advantage the Goophone i5S has over the real iPhone is price. At $149.99, the Goophone i5S might attract consumers looking for a bargain despite its inferior capabilities.
Netizens were mostly positive about Goophone’s latest release:
@Christian Covarrubias: ALWAYS imitated never equaled Apple win.
@Uthman Baksh: I always buy a new phone when I renew my contract. And I haven’t paid for a data overage yet. Still not going to actually use a Chinese knockoff phone as a real phone. I might just buy it to show people how lame knockoffs can be, although I appreciate their efforts. They actually use Android instead of some shitty Java OS. This probably has crap battery life.
@Luis Alberto: There is only one meaning for this: China.
@flipicaneze: As an iPhone owner for years…..I will say this is an incredible copy. Others looked like shit, but this…..
@Gunadika Manurung: cloning again, but it’s great!
@BubbleWitchSaga: this is actually quite cool, hope it is legal too. 🙂
Last year, Goophone managed to release its version of the iPhone5 before Apple. In a surprising move, Goophone then patented their ‘iPhone5’ design and threaten to sue Apple for patent infringement. We await this year’s iPhone5S lawsuit.
Apple has had a string of legal headaches in China. In July 2012, Apple paid $60 million to a Chinese company named Proview Technology, to settle a two-year dispute about the patent of iPad trademark in China.