For years, China has been the de facto source for counterfeit
) products. From
to a full-fledged
fake Apple Store
, the country is renowned for its shameless phony Cupertino
products that are sold to unsuspecting rubes looking for a deal.
But a new clone that blatantly rips off the unmistakable look and
feel of an iPhone has put Japan on the fast track for fake Apple
product supremacy. And it uses
) mobile OS to boot!
Ladies and gentlemen, Minyanville is proud to present the ioPhone5,
courtesy of the Japanese manufacturer Losys.
At a glance, the ioPhone5 looks exactly like the
iPhone 5C, which was unveiled this past September. Boasting
unextraordinary specs beneath a cheap-looking plastic case, the
iPhone 5C didn't fly off the shelves quite as quickly as its more
powerful cousin, the iPhone 5S. However, the device did generate
enough buzz and its share of fans that it obviously inspired a
smaller foreign outfit to ape its size, design, and name. Even the
graphic design on the back of the ioPhone5 looks exactly like an
Apple product, with a monochromatic arrow logo in the same spot as
a half-eaten piece of fruit.
But the ioPhone5 -- man, that name! -- can't live up to the
modestly specced iPhone 5C.
Running Android 2.2, the ioPhone5 sports a 480 x 854 resolution
display, 512MB of RAM, a dual-core Mediatek chip, 4GB of flash
storage, and a 2-megapixel camera -- putting it firmly in the
low-range phone camp. Comparatively, the iPhone 5C also features a
dual-core chip, but has a screen with 640 x 1136 pixels, roughly
twice as much RAM, four times as much storage space, and an
So unless you love both Android and plastic with equal measure,
you're better off getting the iPhone 5C.
But, wait! Before you make up your mind, perhaps this snappy
promotional video -- which isn't afraid to rip off Abba either --
will sway you to the ioPhone5.
The ioPhone5 can be yours for a mere 15,490 yen (roughly $150).
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