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Android-powered iPhone knockoff may sue Apple in China

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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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posted on 04 Sep 2012, 11:31 60

1. dcgore (Posts: 231; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)

It would be funny if this was sponsored by Samsung.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 11:48 30

13. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 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". ;)

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 12:14 16

21. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1035; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

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

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 12:07 16

19. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 12:30 10

25. kanagadeepan (Posts: 981; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)

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

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 12:35 3

27. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

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

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 13:14 1

29. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

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

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 14:52 2

36. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

if thats true thats crazy lol

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 18:05 1

42. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 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.....

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 21:48 2

47. joey_sfb (Posts: 6600; Member since: 29 Mar 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.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 18:12 1

43. imsickwithphone (banned) (Posts: 76; Member since: 17 May 2012)

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

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 02:36

50. phljcnth (Posts: 497; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 11:33 24

2. frydaexiii (Posts: 1475; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

lol, just lol.

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

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 11:47 26

12. Ohrules (Posts: 327; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)

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

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 11:51 13

15. frydaexiii (Posts: 1475; Member since: 01 Dec 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).

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 16:11

40. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 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 :)

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 11:33 12

3. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

....what the hell?

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 11:34 19

4. redmd (Posts: 1367; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

Other than the design, specs are awesome.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 11:37 17

6. frydaexiii (Posts: 1475; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

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

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 11:35 24

5. MeoCao (unregistered)

Boy this is interesting. Apple taste their own medicine.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 15:00 3

38. ph00ny (Posts: 1507; Member since: 26 May 2011)

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

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 11:38 26

7. ACCTDADDY (Posts: 12; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)

wow Apple has been ripping off goophone bad apple!

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 11:38 27

8. RangersK (Posts: 68; Member since: 15 May 2012)

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

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 11:56 17

16. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 660; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! GooPhone

Lol, this is funny

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 11:38 7

9. frydaexiii (Posts: 1475; Member since: 01 Dec 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".

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 11:42 8

10. TediT (Posts: 46; Member since: 03 Sep 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

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 11:46 4

11. Aeires (unregistered)


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.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 11:50 5

14. phitch (Posts: 214; Member since: 06 Mar 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.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 11:59 1

17. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 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!

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 12:05 2

18. ftyler223 (Posts: 140; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)

okay this is just stupid

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