Is this the low-priced Apple iPhone or just a sales pitch for an Android flavored knock-off?

Is this the low-priced Apple iPhone or just a sales pitch for an Android flavored knock-off?
On Saturday, accessory re-seller Techdy obtained what it claims to be the rear shell from the low-priced Apple iPhone and the display assembly from the same device. Techdy says that the two are a perfect fit and together reveal that the budget version of Apple's iconic smartphone will still have a 4 inch screen. The body is made of plastic, possibly polycarbonate, and is sturdier than the plastic on the Samsung Galaxy S4. The shape of the device is said to be similar to that of the original Apple iPod.

Some of the differences with the Apple iPhone 5 are seen with the front glass, which sticks out a tad above the body with the cheaper unit, and there are thinner bezels on the budget model. Before we go any further, it has been pointed out that the so-called rear shell for the low-priced iPhone does not include any cutouts for power controls and where openings should be for the volume controls, you will find two small drill holes. The lining of the shell has cutouts where the power and volume buttons should be. But it doesn't line up with the small holes on the outside of the shell.


This all could be a way to bring attention to Techdy's Basic Bear which is an Android powered phone made to look like the low cost iPhone with a 4 inch display with 640 x 1136 resolution, a quad-core 1.7GH Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor under the hood, 2GB of RAM and 8GB of native storage. There is an 8MP rear facing snapper that takes video in 1080 x 1920,and a 2MP front-facing camera. The 2300mAh battery can recharge using Qi compatible wireless technology. Android 4.2.2 is installed. The phone comes in 5 colors and is priced at $199.

The sales pitch sort of makes us dubious about Techdy's claim that it has the low-priced Apple iPhone in its grasp, so we'll simply pass the salt and move on. Techdy's claim to fame is that it sells an open-source game controller for the Apple iPad mini, which doesn't necessarily mean it is privy to inside information. Nonetheless, we will let you decide whether or not what you are seeing is the real thing. To help you in making that decision, you might want to check out the video below.



source: Techdy via AppleInsider

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31 Comments

1. geetam

Posts: 18; Member since: May 15, 2013

TROLL alert !!!

2. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

"a quad-core 1.7GH Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor under the hood, 2GB of RAM and 8GB of native storage. There is an 8MP rear facing snapper that takes video in 1080 x 1920,and a 2MP front-facing camera. The 2300mAh battery can recharge using Qi compatible wireless technology. Android 4.2.2 is installed. The phone comes in 5 colors and is priced at $199." wow this iphone clone has impressive specs for its price.

6. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Most likely better specs than whatever the low-cost iPhone will feature, in all honesty. Minus the screen resolution, it fits right in with current-gen Android flagships.

16. BillyG

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

probably better spec, but iphone still more useful and got better performance... it happens with all android devices, those high end such as gs4 , htc one etc only better in spec, but still not better in pic/sound/phone quality than old iphone5

20. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Not so much. http://blogs.which.co.uk/technology/apple/samsung-galaxy-s4-iphone-5-uk-fastest-phone/ http://www.displaymate.com/Galaxy_S4_ShootOut_1.htm I didn't even bother adding the HTC One reviews showing it has a better screen and sound than the iPhone 5, there are so many I'm sure you've read some.

28. stealthd unregistered

Nor did you add reviews that found since HTC doesn't have the One's screen calibrated, it isn't really any better that the 5's (which is calibrated).

30. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Every, and i repeat every display is calibrated, some have better calibration but there is no such thing as "doesn't have the One's screen calibrated". Does Apple say "calibrated screen" as a selling point now? Or do you think "retina" is the only calibrated display on the world.

31. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Can't add what I haven't seen. I haven't seen a single review that didn't call the One's screen as good as, usual better than the iPhone's. Haven't seen a single one that even put the iPhone's sound equal to the One.

22. weinerslav

Posts: 126; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Go take your medication you're clearly delusional...

25. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

weinerslav, there is a saying in life: It takes one to know one. I take it you're an expert in being delusional because.....

29. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Well then it's a great comfort to know that all doctors that diagnose people with terminal illnesses are themselves riddled with terminal illnesses. If I ever get one I know who to identify and turn to.

3. daddysbeenabadgirl

Posts: 157; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

o_O That's fugly.

4. Droid773

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

Fuk appppple. Just get whatever you like and be happpy.. Im a Sammy and Sony family.

5. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

iFake iMitation

7. wendygarett unregistered

As long it has Apple logo in it, iTake it :)

12. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

you take my... forget it ;)

14. MartianMe unregistered

B!tch i thought you liked Samsung and hated apple????? .. You are one confused human being ...Aren't ya??

23. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You must be new here.

24. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Most women and technology are

27. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Not sure what he/she is, in the pic that is not the person, that is iJustine from youtube..

26. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

It's her attempt at iSarcasm, which as you noticed is an iFail.

8. Igneel unregistered

Man, this is a better deal than the cheapest iPhone..

9. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

This is even better deal that the ip5..i just doubt the camera's quality..

10. MachidoDen

Posts: 202; Member since: May 30, 2013

Better than nokia su-mia

11. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

i choose the bear!!!

13. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

That is a fake? Specs speak otherwise

15. Atlas

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 15, 2012

Budget iPhone only £449.99.

17. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Isn't the iPhone 4 and 4S considered the budget cell phone? You can get them for free on contract. Can't get any lower price than that.

18. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Probably have a crappy battery life. They just make it more curve like

19. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

Specs on the android version as suspect. Says you can use it on Verizon yet the bands listed are GSM. Also says that it has wifi AC available. Really? Wouldn't be surprised if it didn't have a Snapdragon 600 processor. It's probably a quad core MediaTek processor or Tegra 3, which would be the two cheapest quad core processors available.

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