Android-powered iPhone knockoff may sue Apple in China

Android-powered iPhone knockoff may sue Apple in China
This is one of the craziest stories around, but also one that is relatively interesting. We all know that China's smartphone market is rife with iPhone knockoffs, and it seems like one of them, the Goophone, is already threatening Apple with litigation, should Apple try to release the iPhone 5 in China. The Goophone i5 is a device that we showed you last week, which outwardly looks like the leaks of the iPhone 5, but inside is powered by a 1.4 GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 4" 720p IPS display, an 8 MP rear camera, a 1.3 MP front camera, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. 

The strange thing is that Goophone claims that the design is from “independent research and development", and if Apple tries to release the iPhone 5 in China, Goophone will sue Apple. The company even goes so far as to say it will sue Apple regardless of “whatever the new iPhone appearance” may be. We're not really sure how that might work though. Even if Goophone patents the design in China before Apple, if the iPhone 5 doesn't look like the leaks we've seen, it's unclear what the basis for a lawsuit would be. 

It's very possible that this is all a joke, or a misunderstanding. We'd like to think that any video that references the device shown as the "God Machine" is one that may not be one to take very seriously. But, if Goophone really does have "independent intellectual property rights and the phone appearance of patent", maybe Apple will have a bit of a scuffle on its hands. Either way, the video is a hoot, and definitely worth a look. 


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54 Comments

1. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

It would be funny if this was sponsored by Samsung.

13. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

If suddenly one day due some strange reasons I will be forced to buy an iPhone, I would better buy this pseudo "iPhone" instead of original "iPhone". ;)

21. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Tegra 3, ICS, not 3.5". Yeah, if forced, I'd go with ICS.

19. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

It would be funnier if this would be real and actually be victorious over apple. :))

25. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1247; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

More funny, if that half-eaten rotten fruit company was asked to pay 1.01B USD to this company by Chinese courts...

27. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Dude is it me or is China like the Wild,Wild West of mobile phones? It's like anything goes there. lol

29. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Hell Yeah haha I think this story is funny. We will see how things go

36. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

if thats true thats crazy lol

42. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

This is just funny period. For a company to have the balls to try to do this. I would expect them fail in epic proportions...but it would be a fun show to watch. Unless they know something we dont....hmmmm.....

47. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Some defunct company has manage to get 64 million from Apple for iPad China trademark. In China, Apple is nothing. They copy apple to the last word including the lawsuit that Apple launched. Apple is such a great educator!!! Sweet irony! :) Btw if apple learn to play fair they will copy that as well.

43. imsickwithphone

Posts: 76; Member since: May 17, 2012

Can they win in China? Lol, I doubt it....

50. phljcnth

Posts: 554; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Hahaha I'm laughing like a bastard the whole time I'm reading the article. You go Goophone!

2. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

lol, just lol. Maybe Steve Jobs reincarnated in China and gave the blueprints of the iPhone 5 to Goophone's research team?

12. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

no iphone in the next 3 years could have specs that awesome :D

15. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

It's like everything that's wrong with the iPhone, they fixed it. It's kinda sad that the knockoff has a better screen than the original (If the rumors are true and the iPhone 5 comes with a 6XXp screen).

40. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Oh good the company didn't say they will start a "Thermo nuclear war" else they woulde have been counter sued for saying that :D Perhaps they learned one trick from Apple for improving sales ... be in medialight by hook or crook :)

3. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

....what the hell?

4. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Other than the design, specs are awesome.

6. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Yeah, it's as powerful as the One X, if it were running vanilla Android, it would be even better.

5. MeoCao unregistered

Boy this is interesting. Apple taste their own medicine.

38. ph00ny

Posts: 2026; Member since: May 26, 2011

Exactly. Apple did the exact same in US with patents with prior art examples. Why can't this company do it in china?

7. ACCTDADDY

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

wow Apple has been ripping off goophone bad apple!

8. RangersK

Posts: 68; Member since: May 15, 2012

It would be an epic lawsuit ever! Go Goophone! :D

16. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! GooPhone Lol, this is funny

9. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Btw, the whole "God machine" thing was just a direct mistranslation. If correctly translated, the word would simply mean "amazing" instead of "God Machine".

10. TediT

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

This patent war is going too far! Its a stupid "war" started from Apple not being able to compete with ANDROID and loosing its market place! I like the specs though :D Go China lol

11. Aeires unregistered

O_o That would be hilarious if there really was enough R&D to back up a serious lawsuit. Somehow I just get the feeling it's all for advertisement though.

14. phitch

Posts: 214; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

I think that the Goophone is simply trying to play hardball with Apple over the Samsung verdict. They have the home court advantage, the Chinese government can totally dictate the software on the Goophone, and they are the biggest mobile market in the world! Sorry Apple.

17. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Crazy seems to be a word following apple around these days,this story certainly is bizarre but maybe when most stories about apple consist of them trying to claim other manufacturers have blatantly copied them by making their phones 'black and rectangular' then its all seems to be the norm!

18. ftyler223

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

okay this is just stupid

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