Today has seen the release of the Goophone i5S, which is being marketed as an iPhone 5S clone. Knowing that we have established that this is indeed a replica, we can’t help think how similar this knockoff is to Apple’s current smartphone.
We do find it strange that this is said to be based on the iPhone 5S when we do not even know what Apple’s next smartphone will look like, although looking back over the years we have a very good idea. What we find so remarkable is how the i5S does not even try to look any different, which is a blatant slap in the face to Apple.
You’ll see from the video below that while this smartphone is not as smooth as the real McCoy, we can’t help admire their effort. The software of choice is Android Jelly Bean, but it reacts in similar ways to iOS. You’ll understand just why things seem a little slow when you consider that the hardware is something that we would expect from a smartphone back in 2011.
The processor is a dual-core from 1GHz MediaTek with 512MB of RAM and 8GB storage, and because it lacks microSD support the storage capacity is certainly lacking. There is a 5-megapixel camera to the rear and 1.3-megapixel facing the front, which is pretty much the same as the iPhone 4 back in 2010.
The i5S will cost $150, but the first 1,000 were going for $99 but have already been sold. We would advise against buying such a poor quality device, along with the fact that these clones are just wrong. We felt we needed to report this just so you can be aware when looking on auction websites claiming this to be the real deal.