hiPhone 5 has already hit retail shelves in China

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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15 Comments

1. eLsEñORyeska unregistered

THAT S**T IS FAKE.

5. facepalm unregistered

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

12. medalaster1 unregistered

both the phones in the image are fake.

3. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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

7. Commentator unregistered

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

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

LMAO! Or Donte Stallworth!

10. xenover

Posts: 174; Member since: May 27, 2011

ROFL I DON'T KNOW ANY OF THESE PEOPLE

4. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

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

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?

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 !

11. FAW-Q

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

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

13. Muhammad Rafiq unregistered

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

14. Muhammad Rafiq unregistered

thats why i hate all the electronic things made in china

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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