iPhone 5c clone stocked with Android hits Japan

The ioPhone 5 offering of green, blue, yellow, red and white intends to match the "personalities" of consumers.

Apple’s reputation in Japan is at an all-time high, placing above Microsoft and Google in a brand perception survey in September. It appears some companies are taking advantage of this heavy influence in ways that might not impress the Cupertino company in the slightest.

According to Ascii, technology outlet Iosys is set to release an iPhone 5c clone stocked with Android 4.2 dubbed the “ioPhone 5”.  In many ways, the imitation phone does not quite match the original device in terms of specifications.

The ioPhone5 boasts a 480x854 display. 512MB of RAM accompanies a dual-core Mediatek chip, 4GB of storage and a 2 megapixel camera. On the other hand, the iPhone 5c offers a 640x1,136 display, 1GB of RAM, a dual-core A6 chip, 16GB or 32GB of storage and an 8 megapixel camera.

The same can’t be said about the dimensions, where the two phones almost go hand in hand. The width and thickness are almost identical, with the height between the two devices differing by 3mm.

The device will be released on Friday starting at 15,490 yen or US$150.

Source: CNET, Ascii | Image via Iosys

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There's still a segment of the population at large that wants a plain 'ol phone rather than a full-blown smartphone with apps and games, and this group of people is getting less and less choices as carriers are moving towards the iPhone, Android or Windows Phone only.

Just to play devil's advocate--I see nothing in those specs that tells me whether this clone would actually be any worse than the iPhone it's pretending to be if all you want is to make phonecalls. If this phone does that one job well, and does it for cheap...why not?

"ioPhone 5 with Android4.2" vs. "5 colors ioPhone with iOS7"? Why did the author feel the need to machine translate the name of the phone too?

wv@gt said,
The build quality already looks horrible in these, look at those volume buttons

Ever occur to you that they are empty cases for display purposes - bit like saying that the dummy handsets on display in carphonewarehouse don't work very well.......

As rubbish as this knock-off looks, I'd actually be rather interested in an Android phone with modern specs and a design/form-factor comparable to that of the iPhone 5S.

For trendy consumers without a lot of money, this is fine by them. Cheap but looks like the expensive one, kinda see this with everything don't we? Honestly I admire Apple hardware, just can't deal with their ecosystem.

japanese (bottom right of photo) translation: "actual product photo from CEO".

i guess he (the CEO) was bluffing then.