iPhone knockoff found in southern China

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Pictures and a brief hands-on of one of the first iPhone knockoffs have surfaced online. The knockoff comes in a black box adorned with an Apple-style graphic of a hand holding the less-than-authentic device. The text on the outside of the box includes the word “iPhone,” as well as “HD1080P,” referencing the high-definition television standard, and the phrase “Apple, the future is here.” Even more is written in Chinese.

iPhone knockoff found in southern China

The device itself boasts several features, including a two megapixel camera, two SIM card slots that can be switched on-the-fly, and a microSD expansion slot. As for its performance, the phone was an obvious forgery with “clumsy” navigation handled with a stylus, despite the iPhone-like background and a splash screen that reads “ iPhone.” The back of the device also sports a false Apple logo above an iPhone label, and features a message of garbled English in place of Apple’s traditional “Designed by Apple in California.”

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Charles Starrett

Charles Starrett was a senior editor at iLounge. He's been covering the iPod, iPhone, and iPad since their inception. He has written numerous articles and reviews, and his work has been featured in multiple publications.