Goophone, the Chinese phone company known for its uncanny smartphone knockoffs, is back with its latest adaptation.
The i6, an imitation of the still-unannounced iPhone 6, rolls out online on Aug. 1. Designed based on supposedly leaked images and videos, the i6 is priced at $159.99 for the 16 GB model. For comparison, the 16 GB iPhone 5S retailed for $199 with contract and $649 unlocked.
While it sounds like a sweet deal, consumers should know that i6 uses a different processor than the iPhone and comes equipped with Android instead of iOS. It also only has a 1.4GHz processor, a downgrade from the 2GHz offered with Goophone’s i5S model, which is — you guessed it — a knockoff of the iPhone 5S.
The design of the i6 and the expected design for the rumored iPhone 6 are very close: Both have fingerprint readers on the front, an auto-focusing camera in the rear and other design hallmarks borrowed from iPhones.
However, the i6 sports a image of a bumblebee on its back instead of Apple’s classic logo the i6 sports a image of a bumblebee on its back instead of Apple’s classic logo, distinguishing itself from the iPhone’s no-frills design. Goophone hasn’t explained why it uses the bee as its logo, only remarking that it is “cute.”
Unlike the Goophone i5S, the i6 is only offered in two colors, black and white. The champagne finish was a new direction for iPhone design when the 5S emerged and was copied by Goophone (and others). It’s still unknown what colors Apple will offer for the iPhone 6.
It’s also difficult to say exactly how closely the i6 resembles its Apple original, as designs for the iPhone 6 leaked earlier this year proved to be fake. An exact release date for the iPhone 6 has also been hazy, after rumors that a smaller version would debut in August were squashed. It is now widely anticipated that both the 4.7-inch will hit the market in September, while a larger 5.5-inch model could come in the months ahead.
In the past, Goophone has mimicked the Samsung Galaxy S5 and other highly desirable smartphones. While there are obvious copyright issues at hand, Chinese authorities aren’t doing much to shut it down for now.