Date: Tuesday, August 5th, 2014, 08:01
Category: Android, Apple, Hardware, iOS, iPhone 6, User Interface
Apple may have a new competitor to its upcoming 4.7 inch iPhone 6, but now they’ll have to compete against their own designs. Some sources have been reporting that iPhone 6 “clones” are showing up in China that closely resemble the so-called iPhone 6 prototypes that have been leaked. One such reporter, Danny Winget, got his hands on one and created a video showing off the device. The device looks like it is running iOS (although he keeps saying iOS 8, I don’t see anything indicating this instead of iOS 7), but the device is in fact running a version of Android with an impressive iOS makeover.
The clone, identified as a “Wico6″, is powered by a 2.4GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, has 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. The screen is a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 960 x 540 (234 ppi). As Winget shows in the video, the responsiveness of the device isn’t very good, although it does play games like Temple Run well enough. The phone isn’t without problems, as Winget found when trying to update Google apps like YouTube from the Google Play store. He also noted that cellular data was not working for him.
Digging into more of the specs, we find out that the device is running Android 4.4.2, and has the identity crisis of believing it is an iPhone 5c. There wasn’t any mention of a price for the Wico6, but 9to5Google points to online vendor Goophone, who is selling their own doppelgänger of the iPhone 6 (the Goophone I6) for $159 off-contract. This device supposedly boasts the following hardware;
“Along with an 1.4GHz MT6582 Quad-core cortex-A7 processor, MediaTek’s MT6582 is the world’s first octa-core SoC with integrated Wi-Fi, FM, GPS and Bluetooth functions, provide high-end performance with better power efficiency. Goophone i6 allows you to stay connected and productive on the go.”
However, it seems to be limited to 3G and 802.11b/g/n wifi. The site provides nary a photo and provides no glimpse of the interface or indication of what OS it is running. I’m not too worried about the Goophone I6 taking away any business from Apple, but someone spent a lot of time with the Wico6 to make it a very convincing Apple experience. I wonder what else we’ll see hitting the market before the “real” iPhone 6 makes its debut.
What do you think? Would you buy a Wico6, even if just to play with? Do you think it will fool some unsuspecting consumers, or will some simply choose it because of the presumably lower price? Is it a good option for people who like the design of Apple products, but prefer the openness of Android? SO MANY QUESTIONS! Finally, how close do you think the design of the Wico6 is to the actual iPhone 6?!
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