HTC M8 clone pops up already as the Goophone M8, costs $230

By Alexandra Burlacu | Mar 07, 2014 07:21 AM EST

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The HTC One successor dubbed the M8 is yet to officially debut, yet Goophone already made a clone of the expected powerhouse.

Goophone is a well-known copycat that apparently never ceases to amaze. Last year, the company unveiled its HTC One clone the day before the flagship HTC smartphone was unveiled. This year, it has already cloned the Samsung Galaxy S5, but that two days after the smartphone made its debut. Now, Goophone has outdone itself and has unveiled its HTC M8 clone nearly three weeks before the handset is expected to become official.

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The yet-to-be-announced HTC One successor has only appeared in various leaks and reports so far, with rumored specs but nothing confirmed at this point. That didn't stop Goophone from creating a clone of the upcoming HTC flagship, but its rush to make a cheap knock-off may not be very accurate when the original appears.

With the Galaxy S5, for instance, Goophone waited for the official unveiling and created a clone with similar specifications. With the HTC One successor, however, the copycat missed several prominent features expected from the new flagship. The HTC M8 clone called the Goophone M8 lacks the rumored twin rear cameras, and the real HTC M8 will surely have plenty other neat specs and features to bring to the table.

The Goophone M8 comes with a 5-inch full HD display and packs a 1.7GHz MediaTek MT6592 octa-core processor under the hood, backed up by just 1GB of RAM. The handset further features 16GB of internal storage capacity, a 12.6-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front shooter.

It's worth pointing out, however, that the Goophone M8 product page first lists a 12.6-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera, but if you scroll down to the description it mentions "dual 13-megapixel camera." The image shows only one camera on the back of the device, so that's confusing.

The HTC M8 clone will apparently ship with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on board and cost $230. The real HTC One successor, meanwhile, is expected to pack a hefty amount of RAM, dual rear cameras, popular HTC features, and the latest Android 4.4 KitKat under the hood. HTC is expected to take the wraps off its newest flagship later this month, on March 25, and will surely put the Goophone M8 to shame. 


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