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Can’t wait for the iPhone 6? Check out this $145 knockoff sold in China (photos)

While it’ll still be a few more months before we hear anything official about the forthcoming iPhone 6 from Apple, at least one person decided they couldn’t wait that long.

Reddit user lawrence_uber_alles asked his brother to buy a knockoff version of the iPhone 6 during his visit to Shenzhen, China. The country is known for leaking out current and future Apple hardware components, so it was a reasonable enough request given the number of alleged iPhone 6 parts tech news organizations have reported on over the last six months. Fortunately, the request was fulfilled, as you can see in the photo gallery below.

Lawrence_uber_alles said the phone, which came with mocked up iPhone 6 packaging, cost $145 after a bit of haggling. The liePhone 6 features a 4.7-inch 960×540 resolution screen, a quad-core at 2.4 MHz chipset, 2GB RAM, a 12.6 megapixel back camera, and a 2.4 megapixel front-facing camera. The device also has most of the other usual iPhone components and sensors (accelerometer, proximity, ambient light, etc.) too. The specs are nothing impressive, but at least the device looks cool.

As for software, the liePhone 6 unsurprisingly does not run Apple’s iOS operating system. Instead, it runs Android version 4.4.2 and features lots of skins mimicking iOS’ user interface. When you click things like the “App Store” you are directed to the Google Play Store instead. I imagine the same goes for other stock apps.

“Everything seemingly works on it, and I think I might switch to it for awhile to impress people at the bar and convince them I got an early iPhone 6,” he said in a Reddit comment thread. (That’s pretty much the only reason to spend money on an inferior iPhone 6 knockoff.)

Later in the Reddit comment thread, he reveals that his brother — who also purchased a liePhone 6 for himself — ran into some Apple employees while making his way back to the States. “Basically [the Apple employee] was offering to buy the phones to not ‘tarnish the brand,'” he added, which makes me like Apple just a little bit more.

Check out the gallery of photos below for a closer look at this iPhone 6 knockoff.


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34 comments
Јім Мспіџєп
Јім Мспіџєп

No point. For just a little more cash you could get the xiaomi mi4 which has a spec way and above anything you see on an iPhone for the next few years plus a lightening fast version of android.

Javier Martinez
Javier Martinez

Such a terrible concept phone. Whoever made this, should have designed a better one

[666] Inferno
[666] Inferno

What is sad is that this clone is better than what the real iPhone 6 will be.

Peter Larsen
Peter Larsen

Awesome. As good as the made-up Harry Potter book written in China, because the real one didn't come quick enough to knock off. Full points for effort.

Dan Herrin
Dan Herrin

The next copy will come from Samsteal.

Nola Eyeworks
Nola Eyeworks

haha, the iphone is a knockoff of the LG Prada. the prada came out 6 months before the iphone.

Raymond Kim
Raymond Kim

It's wrong but with the child labor abuses there's incentive to steal. Going bigger like Samsung is the opportunistic step esp with the Samsung chairman on his deathbed.

Brian Lucas Coss
Brian Lucas Coss

Apple (Tim cook)are out of there mind if they think a .7inch difference in the screen is going to make any difference. Apple may have started this smartphone race with the phone and App Store but now they are waaaayy behind on both.

Vico Vieyra
Vico Vieyra

Élos Edlab Xiomara Vilchis Mancilla

Tomas Vonžodas
Tomas Vonžodas

Jon Niola China spends slighly more percentage of GDP on R&D than Europe does.

Jon Niola
Jon Niola

If China wants to be respected as an economic superpower they need to innovate. Do their own R&D and stop stealing other country's IP and stop bootlegging cheap imitations.

Robbert Lamaker
Robbert Lamaker

funny that is says "Setting" instead of "Settings" and "Email" instead of "Mail" on the homescreen

Toine Aarts
Toine Aarts

Next to the border off Cambodia you will find a lot off them on the big market where everybody go for his visa run.

Steven Hubert
Steven Hubert

Samsung knocks apple out the window apple is garbage man you ever used a samsung of any kind or tried the tvs or anything out no... Great be quite until you try it

Nate Ioriatti
Nate Ioriatti

To iPhone users, this is nuts. I know many people who are iPhone users, not big into tech, and the idea of a 4.7 inch phone to them is insane. They ask, how big is that, I show them my HTC One M7, and they get a bit shocked and upset that the next iPhone will be almost as large as my phone, with the same screen size. To an Android guy who keeps up with the latest flagships, 4.7 inches is small, especially in the compact moto x.

Don't forget, Apple also has the 5.5 incher coming out this year, probably.

[666] Inferno
[666] Inferno

@Nate Ioriatti I've heard the same thing from other iPhone users, but after giving them 3 days at the most with any other device they found it very hard to go back to the iPhone. It's not that the size is unnecessary or "too big" it's that they're just not accustomed to it. If this wasn't the case then Apple wouldn't be taking that route.