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hiPhone 5 has already hit retail shelves in China

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hiPhone 5 has already hit retail shelves in China
The iPhone 5 is probably the most anticipated device this year but while a lot of people are looking with anticipation at Cupertino, CA, it's China that seems to have already gotten the... hiPhone 5. No typo here, the hiPhone 5 is based on leaked renders of the upcoming iPhone and sells for some $31 (200 yuan) on Chinese e-tailer Taobao. That's the most basic model, though, while more sophisticated hiPhones might cost you more than four times that sum, or over $130 (850 yuan). In addition, except for the standard black and white versions, the hiPhone 5 packs some extra appeal for the ladies (and who knows, maybe some guys) as it is also offered in pink and red.

Shanghai daily Metro Express confirmed that the handset is thinner than the iPhone 4, while its edges are less rounded. It also reportedly feels like a toy – very lightweight and plasticky, just what you'd expect from a fake device.

Faux Apple Stores in China are such a commonality that even some of the employees working there were reportedly left with the illusion that they are indeed working for Apple. After one of the fake stores gained wider publicity, Chinese authorities have closed a number of unauthorized dealers, but a lot are likely to still operate, some selling genuine Apple devices.

Well, if you're all about the Apple logo on a plastic device, feel free to check out the offer in the source link below – for the rest September, or even October seem like the most likely release dates of the next-gen iPhone.

source: Taobao via Reuters

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posted on 10 Aug 2011, 09:56 1

1. eLsEñORyeska (unregistered)


posted on 10 Aug 2011, 10:49 9

5. facepalm (unregistered)

sometimes I think people cannot get any more stupid. Then peopel like you post

posted on 11 Aug 2011, 22:28

12. medalaster1 (unregistered)

both the phones in the image are fake.

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 10:16 5

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

Sh*t I am going to China right now so I can get me a hiPhone 5. If an old lady get in my way I will stiff arm her a la Adrian Peterson. No one is going to stop me from getting my own hiPhone 5. lol This is the coolest thing since sliced bread! lol

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 11:03 3

7. Commentator (unregistered)

I'd hit her with my car a la Randy Moss, personally...

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 11:07 2

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

Or Donte Stallworth!

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 14:00 2

10. xenover (Posts: 174; Member since: 27 May 2011)


posted on 10 Aug 2011, 10:18 6

4. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)

Haha, that is funny.
Maybe it is even better than the real iphone 5...
Just kidding.

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 10:54 10

6. Polar Bear (unregistered)

It is better.

With the hiPhone, you aren't required to be an ass-slave to Steve Jobs for an eternity.

Who's kidding now, homey?

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 13:43 1

9. Nick (unregistered)

hiphone or iphone both are china made... for the price and quality these phones have got balls to do serious damage to apple !

posted on 10 Aug 2011, 15:34

11. FAW-Q (Posts: 63; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)

The side of the "hiPhone" looks a lot like the old Samsung UpStage.

posted on 13 Aug 2011, 02:21

13. Muhammad Rafiq (unregistered)

then china again in china all the electronic things they will made the poor quality including hiphone 5

posted on 13 Aug 2011, 02:23

14. Muhammad Rafiq (unregistered)

thats why i hate all the electronic things made in china

posted on 13 Aug 2011, 02:29

15. Muhammad Rafiq (unregistered)

In america is a good technology in china so stupid technology but why china must copy from america

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