Did you know that the world's first iPhone clone was based on Windows?

Did you know that the world's first iPhone clone was based on Windows?
It was January 2007 when Apple officially unveiled the first-generation iPhone model: a 3G-less handset introduced alongside the slogan "Apple reinvents the phone." Believe it or not, the very first iPhone clone was announced only four days after Apple showcased its smartphone.

The company that produced the first iPhone clone was Meizu - the China-based handset maker that currently sells pretty cool Android smartphones (like the MX4 Pro). The first iPhone wannabe was called Meizu M8, and had a 3.4-inch display with 480 x 720 pixels (smaller, but with a higher resolution than the iPhone's 3.5-inch, 320 x 480 pixels screen). The M8 didn't look exactly like the iPhone (thanks to a different home button and a restyled rear panel), but the similarities between the handsets were obvious to anyone. What's really interesting about the Meizu M8 is that it ran a customized version of Windows CE. As you may know, in 2007 Android wasn't around, so Meizu had no choice but to look to other OSes to power its smartphone.

The M8 was launched before the iPhone, being available starting April 2007 in China (while Apple released the iPhone in September that year).

Eventually, sometime in 2010, Apple convinced China's Intellectual Property Office to stop Meizu from producing the M8, citing similarities to the iPhone. With that in mind, it's a bit weird that we're now seeing countless iPhone clones (some looking exactly like the real deal) that are being openly sold in China - and not only.

You can see the Meizu M8 next to the first-generation iPhone in the slideshow below.

images via: Mobile-review



1. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Lord, that's some junk right there...

2. Cyagocaliz unregistered

Doesn't look awesome as iPhone 3GS... wow... sick.

3. Iodine

Posts: 1480; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Who even cares for iPhone clones...

4. DirtyDan23

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

I'm not surprised the first iPhone clone came out of china.

5. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

So the clone comes out 5months prior to the iPhone,are you being nut$?

6. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

If it was based on WinCE, at least the clone had cut and paste. Probably had MMS too.

7. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

It was practically an iPhone 4s!

8. material

Posts: 80; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Ist iphone was s**tty compared to similar priced offerings , feature wise it was compared to a pebble I remember. But then It had pinch-zoom

9. pastorjpxa

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 16, 2014

But thats....not the first iPhone.

10. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

I read somewhere that the design of the iPhone was based on ideas rom Sony. Maybe Meizu just had the same inspirations and ended up looking similar, though it's not impossible to copy something in four days.

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