Notorious Chinese Company Releases The iPhone 5S Before Apple Does

GooPhone-i5S

Apple hasn’t announced the iPhone 5S yet, but Chinese clone specialist GooPhone has already created a cheap knockoff of it. And it has done a pretty incredible job. As you’ll see in the video below, the “i5S” looks identical to the real thing, and you probably wouldn’t even know it was a clone. That is, until you started using it.

Like the GooPhone i5 — an iPhone 5 knockoff — the i5S is powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which has been heavily skinned and modified to look like iOS. Like the device itself, it looks a lot like the real thing at first glance, but performance is certainly an issue.

You’ll notice that the i5S isn’t as smooth or as responsive as a real iPhone, and there’s certainly a problem with lag if you use it too quickly. You’ll also find yourself looking at Google Play when you hit the App Store button, and at times, it’s clear this is just an Android launcher.

The i5S has a 1.GHz Mediatek MT6577 processor under the hood, with 512MB of RAM — which is likely to be why it’s a little slow at times. It also has a 4-inch “Retina” display, which uses the same widescreen resolution as Apple’s real iPhone 5, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.

While it may be slow, the i5S does have one advantage of Apple’s device, and that’s its price tag. The first 1,000 customers will pay just $99 for the device when it goes on sale tomorrow, and it’ll be priced at just $149 after that.

If you want one, you can order from the source link below — just do it before Apple’s lawyers find out.

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  • radie842

    There sold out, china is a day ahead of us on the calendar.

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