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Russia says it has developed Apple iPhone beater with 93% GPS accuracy rate

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Russia says it has developed Apple iPhone beater with 93% GPS accuracy rate
The Cold War is over. No longer does the U.S. worry about things like the "domino theory" or the "red menace". Instead, the concern is more about the Apple "iPhone beater", a handset that the Soviets are touting as the one that beats Apple's touchscreen device. Co-manufactured by Soviet firm AFK Sistema, the phone was presented to Prime Minister Putin and is a ZTE made A918 Android phone with a Russian-made GPS system.

The GLONASS GPS system combines with a matching 90 nanometer Qualcomm chip to provide extremely accurate GPS directions. The handset is considered an "iPhone beater" in Russia because of its 93% GPS accuracy rate versus an alleged 64% rate of accuracy for the Apple iPhone's GPS. As far as other specs are concerned, it seems that Apple has nothing to worry about. Well-known Russian tech writer Eldar Murtazin has discovered that the phone is loaded with entry level specs such as a 3.2 inch 320 x 240 resolution screen and a 2MP camera. We might even use the fact that Android 2.1 is installed as a negative until we remembered that the Samsung Epic 4G still has the same OS under its hood. Even the 90nm process is behind the curve as elsewhere in Europe and the U.S. 65nm and 45nm is more commonly seen.
The "iPhone beater" handset will go for the equivalent of $359USD although the A916 with a standard GPS is only $245USD. AFK Sistema will be  handing out early versions of the phone to "friends" starting in March while production is to start in earnest around the middle of 2011. The model is touted as being "Just like the iPhone".

source: Quintura via MobileCrunch

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posted on 30 Dec 2010, 18:11

1. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 470; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)

iphone beater but being touted as and I quote "just like the iphone".......blank stare!!!

Please stop the madness. Only phone that's gonna beat the iphone is the next iphone to be released. Reason being is because apple's loyal followers will see to it.

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 18:46

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

no phone will beat the iPhone even if it cleans your house maker your coffee do your laundry your taxes, walk your dog.... why? because the royal fanboys will seek and seek any defect on the device and call it a day...

just look at the "antenagate" they got on ONE WP7 phone by juicing out the signal out of the phone...

someone here said its a smartphone for dumb people, now i get what he meant

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 18:51 1

3. Rawrzellers (Posts: 224; Member since: 22 Aug 2010)

Any phone beats the iPhone :/

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 20:21

4. Zackh121556 (unregistered)

I believe the phone it should trying to beat is Android as its already beat iphone

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 20:27

5. abcd (unregistered)

100% sure that the EVO 4G has Android 2.2 under its hood.

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 20:44 1

6. skymitch89 (Posts: 1363; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)

What is this that the HTC Evo still has the same OS under it's hood? Who ever wrote this article needs to get his or her facts straight. The Evo came out in June with Android 2.1 but was updated to Android 2.2 in August.

As for the phone this article is about, those specs might not be very high end to us but in other countries they might be super high end. It was just a little bit over a year ago the Motorola Droid 1 came out and it was the highest of the Android phones at that time. As for an "iPhone beater", it really depends on what a person wants to do on his or her phone and what he or she likes better. I like Android better for some things, but I also like iOS for other things.

posted on 31 Dec 2010, 00:00

7. Russia (unregistered)

Wrong translation guys, lol, they are talking in you tube about the phone that has INSTEAD OF GPS chip the GLONAS chip, the rest is just android. There is nothing about iphone killer, lol.

posted on 31 Dec 2010, 11:49

8. sovietlol (unregistered)

The Soviet Union fell breh, it's just Russia now.

posted on 01 Jan 2011, 13:02

9. eric (unregistered)

soviet firm?

posted on 03 Jan 2011, 17:47

10. pingpong (Posts: 145; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)

In Soviet Russia, phone uses you!

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