By Alexandra Burlacu | Jul 23, 2014 04:07 AM EDT
The much-rumored iPhone 6 is not even official yet, but a cheap Chinese knockoff is already set to launch as soon as Aug. 1.
Goophone, the Chinese company that became famous (or infamous) for its uncanny knockoffs of flagship smartphones, is at it again with a clone of one of the most highly anticipated devices of this year.
The company's latest knockoff is called the i6 and comes as a 4.7-inch clone of the upcoming iPhone 6, which is not even confirmed at this point. Goophone designed its i6 smartphone based on leaked images and videos allegedly showing the upcoming iPhone 6. The Goophone i6 will come with a $159.99 price tag for a 16GB model and will roll out online on Aug. 1.
It's worth pointing out, however, that this i6 will run Android instead of iOS and will pack a 1.4GHz processor. In terms of design, the i6 looks very similar to what the iPhone 6 is expected to look like. It has a fingerprint reader on the front, an auto focus rear camera, and a few other design cues obviously borrowed from Apple's iPhone design language.
On the other hand, the i6 has its own distinctive mark, consisting of a bumblebee on the rear cover, where the Apple logo would normally be located. The knockoff smartphone will come in two color options - the classical black and white - without the gold hue that has proved so popular with the iPhone 5S and other subsequent smartphones. The iPhone 6 is expected to continue the trend and offer a gold color option.
With no iPhone 6 rumors or leaks confirmed at this point, it's rather tough to determine just how similar this Goophone i6 is to the next-generation flagship smartphone from Apple. Nevertheless, Goophone touts that its iPhone 6 clone will be out two months before Apple unleashes its smartphone.
As a reminder, the iPhone 6 is expected to make its debut this September. Apple is widely rumored to launch two models, one with a 4.7-inch screen and the other with a 5.5-inch display, but it remains unclear for now whether the two variants will be ready to launch at the same time.
Goophone has copied the purported 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model and made no mention of whether it plans to clone the 5.5-inch variant as well. The Chinese counterfeiter has previously cloned other high-profile smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8, but apparently faced no copyright issues. Goophone is currently taking pre-orders for its new i6 smartphone.