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SoPhone 4 clone steals iPhone 4’s body, entire UI

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Chinese company Shenzhen SUFF Industry has introduced the SoPhone 4, a new GSM-based handset that aims to be nearly identical to the iPhone 4 in every possible way, blatantly copying the external design of Apple’s fourth-generation handset and iOS 4 UI. Sporting an external body identical in dimensions and button locations to the iPhone 4—even capable of fitting perfectly in existing iPhone 4 cases—the SoPhone features a 480x320 capacitive touch screen, Wi-Fi, 4GB of memory, dual cameras, Bluetooth, FM radio, and a user-replaceable battery, as well as “infrared remote sensor support,” an “electric torch,” and a “gravity inducer.” Notably, though the phone’s UI is sluggish, it’s incredibly similar to iOS 4, with folders, multi-tasking, and volume/silent overlays; the individual apps use similar and in some cases identical icons, but noticeably lack the polish of Apple’s applications, and in some case appear downright crude. The shameless copying extends to the phone’s branding, as it carries the same rear markings as a real iPhone 4 unit, and even displays an Apple logo upon startup. A pair of YouTube videos showing off the phone’s UI and external case demonstrate the cloning; we advise caution as some material shown during the UI demonstration is NSFW.

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Comments

1

Na…. that is sad!  To copy somones design almost identical.  This stuff upsets me

Posted by dennis on December 30, 2010 at 1:03 PM (PDT)

2

This comes as no surprise, except perhaps to wonder what took so long. With American companies happily turning over their technology to Chinese manufacturers this sort if thing has become the rule, not the exception. Most of the time the same back alley shops that make the parts for the legitimate requested also produces them for the pirates.

Posted by Usdrowski on December 30, 2010 at 1:10 PM (PDT)

3

That’s pretty remarkable, and it has one clear advantage, it’s still using the original voice memo icon wink

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on December 30, 2010 at 1:19 PM (PDT)

4

If I understand it right, they built a sort of hardware-compatible clone, and literally deliver it with a stolen copy of iOS. The software is too perfect a copy to simply be a look-alike, it must be a stolen actual copy of the system software. I mean, it even has the iBooks app etc., so it must be iOS. This is just software piracy on clone-ish hardware. They probably even stole parts of the hardware design from the outsourced hw builders.

Posted by eric on December 30, 2010 at 1:37 PM (PDT)

5

@4: Evidently you missed the MSN Messenger and Internet Explorer icons. It is not iOS, it is not cloned hardware. That’s the remarkable part. They’ve got a nearly 1:1 duplicate externally and UI wise of the iPhone 4, but yet it’s not running iOS, and the back pops off to let you swap batteries or the SIM card.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on December 30, 2010 at 3:53 PM (PDT)

6

While the Chinese were hacking the iOS, perhaps they fixed the Live Updating bug that’s been there since 3.0 wink

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on December 30, 2010 at 5:53 PM (PDT)

7

Maybe a Foxconn employee left one behind at a bar after work…

Posted by billyBobJack on December 30, 2010 at 8:56 PM (PDT)

8

Why Apple just doesn’t start to produce all in homeland - in USA?
Yeah, the robotics factory needs a much longer tuning before produce anything than human-ones in China…
Someday the robo-factories will be much efficient and faster than the 10 chinese factories with thousands workers.

Posted by Al Alexa on January 1, 2011 at 8:52 PM (PDT)

9

If a 1:1 knock off iPhone can have a removable battery, why is it so hard for Apple to implement this feature ?

Posted by Jack of all trades on January 2, 2011 at 6:41 AM (PDT)

10

Maybe if Apple weren’t such a rip off themselves i would feel angry about the Chinese copies, BUT i dont.For years Apple has been ripping everyone of with this product and when theres some kind of fault with an iPhone, they make a big hoo-ha about fixing it for you, unless you are paying for it, get it right up them(Apple that is) and if the Chinese make these copies in Android, then i’ll be buying one

Posted by garrido morfeo on June 5, 2011 at 8:33 AM (PDT)

11

Where do you get that?

Posted by Sbasterz on July 27, 2011 at 1:12 PM (PDT)

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