Goophone i5S launched in China, tries to convince us it's an iPhone 5S

Goophone i5S launched in China, tries to convince us it's an iPhone 5S
Remember how back in August, a Chinese phone maker released an iPhone 5 look-alike before the real deal was even official? Well, Goophone has now done it again! Just hours ago, the Goophone i5S – presumably a knock-off of the yet-to-be-announced iPhone 5S, was made available for purchase. And judging by what we see in the video below, the fake looks pretty close to a genuine Apple smartphone, albeit seemingly being a tad thicker.

Under the hood of the Goophone i5S runs a 1GHz, dual-core MediaTek SoC paired with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. There's a 4-inch, 854 by 480 pixel display on its front, which thankfully uses capacitive touchscreen technology instead of the less-accurate resistive one. You also get a 5MP rear camera and a 1.3MP snapper up front. What appears to be iOS is actually a modified version of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Overall there's nothing on the Goophone i5S specs sheet that can impress us, but you can't really ask for much more out of a phone that costs $150 unlocked. 

But even though it costs so little, the Goophone i5S should probably be avoided, unless you really want to make people around you think you actually own a real iPhone. The build quality of these knock-offs is often sub-par so you never know when it might just fall apart in your hands. 


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19 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Goophone? No thank you.

2. avin007

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

I am never been able to understand what this chinese phone makers are up to......they always bring out cheap phones at a cheap price!!!!

9. taikucing unregistered

The reason is simple, if you can't surpass the giants, you can follow them. And we don't give a f**k about lawsuit because we only sell it in third world countries. $150?? it is a very reasonable price compared to the other one which carries a fruit logo.. the fruit phone is way too overpriced just for paying its logo (perhaps the fruit logo is made of diamond).

13. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

ask Michael Jordan how much his Jumpman logo cost

3. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

yes iPhone running Android (and with Apple logo on the back) are available in Indian grey market for 8K :)

4. platformwars

Posts: 86; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

This is the amount I would actually pay for the iPhone... but this Gophone seems better..

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31042; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The fact that you said the goophone seems better, when the iPhone 5 has far better specs, and the 5S isn't even out yet shows you only wanna diss apple, and shouldn't be taken seriously.

14. chemhaz

Posts: 161; Member since: May 04, 2012

It runs on Android, it's better !

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31042; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

To you

5. asianface

Posts: 12; Member since: May 27, 2011

Looks just like the iPhone 5. but cheaper :D They should put int a little better spec so it would run just as smooth as the iOS6. China can never stop impress me with their copying skill :D

7. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

It may be a knock-off, bu it seems to be working fine with no lags, and with those specs you can't find a better phone for that price!

8. Igneel unregistered

The OS is rather well made. I am impressed! That's Android for ya!

10. Neurone

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Well ,apple's got one more company in their sue list.... cant imagine, if apple were to use android on their phones....?

12. Droiddoes unregistered

" imagine, if apple were to use android on their phones....?" Then they may actually be worth owning

11. Droiddoes unregistered

" The build quality of these knock-offs is often sub-par so you never know when it might just fall apart in your hands" Yes, quite the stark contrast from apples "superior" "premium" build quality. - Scratches out of the box - Dents out of the box - Anodized finish rubs off - Anodized finish scratches easily - Light leak due to shoddy rushed construction - Frame that can actually bend - Buttons that get stuck or stop working Make mine GooPhone!

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31042; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Now list the s3's cracks along the sides, cracks between the camera and speaker, squeaking due to plastic body, bricking after 3 months. Oops I forgot purple haze just like the iPhone. You're a...well saying it mite get me banned, but you get the picture. All handsets have issues, and you know it. Say what you will, but there are two benchmark phones. iPhone and galaxy, stop hating

17. Droiddoes unregistered

"mite"? English much? Anyway the iphones always preach "premium build quality", so to turn out a turd like the i5 is inexcusable. The "premium build quality" is the only thing that justifies the premium price. DUH. I've never seen or heard mention of purple haze on the S3, and the cracking plastic was in a select number of initial production units. To say the S3 had anywhere near the level of defects as the i5 is sheer idiocy. Of course, look who i'm arguing with. I would expect no less from the biggest troll on this site.

18. DeusExMachinax

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

White version of the GooPhone i5.. looks better than the black one. /watch?v=7LhSSCdkWUc

19. ndrey

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

S3 is beytter then iPhone 5

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