Iphone 5 - FAKE hits market before original

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The ‘hiPhone 5’: Fake Chinese version of latest Apple device on sale MONTHS before the real thing is unveiled

By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 7:02 PM on 11th August 2011

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The latest version of Apple’s popular iPhone has already hit the Chinese market, albeit the black market.

The ‘hiPhone 5’ is selling for as little as 200 yuan (19 / $31) on China’s top e-commerce website Taobao.

The counterfeit device is based on leaked images of the yet-to-be-launched iPhone 5 and is thinner than the existing iPhone 4.
Knock-off: The ‘hiPhone 5’ (left) and Apple’s iPhone 4 (right). The counterfeit device is based on leaked images of the yet-to-be-launched iPhone 5 and is thinner than the existing iPhone 4

Knock-off: The ‘hiPhone 5’ (left) and Apple’s iPhone 4 (right). The counterfeit device is based on leaked images of the yet-to-be-launched iPhone 5 and is thinner than the existing iPhone 4
Spot the fake (it’s on the left). Chinese consumers have to pay 200 yuan (19 / $31) for the hiPhone 5, compared to four times that for the genuine article

Spot the fake (it’s on the left). Chinese consumers have to pay 200 yuan (19 / $31) for the hiPhone 5, compared to four times that for the genuine article

The designers of the hiPhone 5 clearly didn’t want a repeat of Apple’s ‘antennagate’ fiasco

The designers of the hiPhone 5 clearly didn’t want a repeat of Apple’s ‘antennagate’ fiasco

However, it is extremely light, almost like a plastic toy, like most pirated mobile phones.

Consumers have to pay around 800 yuan - four times as much - for the genuine article, according to shop clerks at a mobile phone market in Shanghai.

‘Look at this. It’s not the same as the 300 to 400 yuan ones,’ Shanghai-based daily Metro Express quoted a clerk as saying, pointing to one originally priced at 850 yuan.

Western governments have repeatedly criticised China for widespread violation of intellectual property rights, but pirated goods from branded watches, to bags and computer software can be easily found in shops.

Last month, an American blogger set off a media storm after she posted pictures of an elaborate fake Apple Store in Kunming, selling genuine if unauthorised iPhones, Macbooks and other widely popular Apple products.

Reuters also uncovered a look-a-like of the Swedish furniture giant Ikea in the south-western Chinese city.

Apple, which is expected to roll out the latest version of the iPhone 5 smartphone within a few months, sold a record 20.34million iPhones during the last quarter, even though its newest model is over a year old.

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Here’s the thing lah. Apple is not going to do ■■■■ to those fake Apple Stores in China, considering they close one eye at Foxconn labour abuse.

Besides, light does not mean cheap if you look at SGII, lol.

notice how the fake has added “assembled in china”

can’t China do something original for a change?

me thinks the fake one got tv, fm radio and 2 sin card slots. oh, most probably using resistive touch screen. lol…

I don’t really see what the fuzz is about…really. It’s very easy to identify China fake product from the genuine one (considering most have very bad written English . The problem is there are people who actually bought it despite knowing its fake.

Btw, just for your info, China DO manufacture their own original phones, if you recall Huawei, which is quite decent and relatively less expensive than most well-known brand. Well, not exactly original but which phone company doesn’t? Samsung copy Iphone ios homescreen, Apple copy android notification interface, bla bla.

all in all…

china will just make a bad name for itself if it keeps copycatting every product in the market…

[quote=“DMsia”]all in all…

china will just make a bad name for itself if it keeps copycatting every product in the market…[/quote]

it already has a bad name!

copy eggs, copy milk (and kill babies), copy curry, copy iphone, copy submarine, copy fighter jet, copy nuclear, copy branded clothes, copy watch, copy Nike

what don’t they copy? :?:

[quote=“Lt Dan”][quote=“DMsia”]all in all…

china will just make a bad name for itself if it keeps copycatting every product in the market…[/quote]

it already has a bad name!

copy eggs, copy milk (and kill babies), copy curry, copy iphone, copy submarine, copy fighter jet, copy nuclear, copy branded clothes, copy watch, copy Nike

what don’t they copy? :?:[/quote]

true enough…

but despite all that, they seem to be doing a lot better than other countries still…

(wonders)

[quote=“DMsia”][quote=“Lt Dan”][quote=“DMsia”]all in all…

china will just make a bad name for itself if it keeps copycatting every product in the market…[/quote]

it already has a bad name!

copy eggs, copy milk (and kill babies), copy curry, copy iphone, copy submarine, copy fighter jet, copy nuclear, copy branded clothes, copy watch, copy Nike

what don’t they copy? :?:[/quote]

true enough…

but despite all that, they seem to be doing a lot better than other countries still…

(wonders)[/quote]
the big bosses are doing great, as well as the communist officers (less than 0.0002% of the population)
but the rest of them are living in poverty slaving away in factory’s for USD 2 per day at most

don’t get disillusioned bro, that is how they make money with the cheapest labor force in the world
by not caring about human rights

sounds kinda like malaysia…

LOL

Surprisingly though, out all the stuff they copy, they didn’t even bother copying the manual book for the fake phones. Take at look at some of the review posted on youtube and you can see their horrible horrible english.