Move over iPhone say hello to the HiPhone!

Cheers kraized for this post in our forums, he has found a manufacturer selling an iPhone clone called the "HiPhone". Not too much unlike the Chinese clones that were cropping up shortly after the iPhone became widely available. The phone retails at $239 USD excluding shipping, and also shows a saving over the suggested (iPhone) retail price of $499.

Anyway click Read more for a run down of features this clone boasts; and a couple of pics.

This is the ultimate rock solid 99% iPhone clone and is selling like crazy. It is unlocked so just plug your SIM card in and you are good to go. Comes with one year warranty. Sells for only $239. No contracts. No rate plans. Just your existing SIM card is enough.


Main features at a glance:

  1. 3.5" big screen that supports finger touch and no keypad, touch pen needed.
  2. Dual SIM slots that holds two SIM chips and supports SIM card switching.
  3. Triband GSM 900/1800/1900MHz that supports USA GSM standard.
  4. Web addresses entering; web browsing, WAP setting, web address management.
  5. Unlocked to any major network carrier.
  6. SMS, MMS, voicemail and cell broadcast
  7. MP3, MP4, file playing, recording, phone call recording.
  8. Capturing, video capturing, photo viewing, playing
  9. Hands free speaker phone. 3D sound.
  10. Bluetooth supported.
  11. TF card supported.
  12. Diversified screen switch
  13. One-Key return
  14. Automatic screen rotation

Accessories: 2 batteries, Charger, USB Cable, Earphone, 512M T-Flash Card, User Manual, Phone Cover.


Link: More pics on Neowins PDA, Tablet & Mobile Devices Forum
News source: Dragonkicks Online Store

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ha! it's $140 here in philippines. and this is old news. better versions has come out. we call it china phones.
some versions have analog tv with it and stylus pen works as an antennae.

I wouldn't buy it, but it has some good ideas Apple should also have, two sim cards, removable battery, memory card slot.

That looks like a good clone of the iPhone ...

Apple should have made the iPhone like that with removable battery and sim cards.

Maybe they might try something like that in a new product release .. ?

Looks useless to me. First of all, the 3 pillars of the iPhone are the phone, iTunes, and Safari. They don't have iTunes, only a cheap mimc version of it (also means it's lacking CoverFlow, which is a nice feature for people like me who have album art for their music). They don't have a good web browser (Safari is the best mobile browser, hands down), and while the phone is pretty much there, they're missing one of the coolest things about the iPhone: visual voicemail.

And then there's the massive screen lag, and teh fact that the music player seems to slow the thing to a crawl. And if you thought the iPhone keyboard was bad, looks like this one is 10 times worse (plus, I doubt it has the auto correction, at least not as good as the auto correction that Apple provides). And it's made of plastic, as opposed to the iPhone, which is metal, meaning it'll probably crack. That backing definitely doesn't look sturdy to me, compared to aluminum.

Looks pretty crap to me. The fact that you still need the stylus yet it is designed so large for use with a finger..

Some things you just don't cheap out on, and in this case, I'd say that's definitely true. Remember you get what you pay for.

Yeah but what's really important is, does the hiphone copy files locally faster than the iphone? does it shut down faster?
if so, then im sold!

What the hell is this? Your actually trying to convince people to buy a cheap knockoff. This site has gone to **** if this crap is getting to the front page.

(Xero said @ #26)
What the hell is this? Your actually trying to convince people to buy a cheap knockoff. This site has gone to **** if this crap is getting to the front page.

The news post doesn't suggest that you go buy one. It's just to let you know that this is out there. Or did you want some cheese, too?

The whole online store looks dodgy to me. A Hotmail account for support? Shoes? Wanna buy some hot-off-the-line unauthorized merchandise?

You can see this thing lags like hell when playing music and upon starting applications. Zooming pictures with 2 fingers is crap as well.

Really, if you want an iPhone, then get it. Spending money on a half-assed clone is just stupid.

To me it looks thicker than the iPhone. Better not get updates or take this into sensitive areas...who knows what data is being leaked out of this.

imma buy one this weekend and do a full review on it when i get it. you can barely see anything in that review. It would be cool to have as a toy.

it is only 2gb memory compatible because t-card only is up to 2gb (that to me is it's only draw back, and the lack of dock station if that is an issue to you). and it's not a standard 3mm jack, nor is the iPhone. It looks a samsung connection port.

(echo said @ #16)
imma buy one this weekend and do a full review on it when i get it. you can barely see anything in that review. It would be cool to have as a toy.

it is only 2gb memory compatible because t-card only is up to 2gb (that to me is it's only draw back, and the lack of dock station if that is an issue to you). and it's not a standard 3mm jack, nor is the iPhone. It looks a samsung connection port.

Bit of an expensive toy at $239 USD.

Looks like the headphones use some kind of mini-usb style connector, just like the HTC Touch. Although the iPhone 3.5mm connecter wasn't 100% standard either, was it? Wasn't it sunk into the casing to prevent the use of any other headphones than ones sold by Apple? This clone is no different in that regard.

If they can pull off selling it for this cheap.. why can't Apple if its so close to the real thing? The only thing I can think of is initial R&D.. Production/labour/materials would basically be the same since I believe the iPhones are manufactured in China and only designed in California..

(nX07 said @ #9)
If they can pull off selling it for this cheap.. why can't Apple if its so close to the real thing? The only thing I can think of is initial R&D.. Production/labour/materials would basically be the same since I believe the iPhones are manufactured in China and only designed in California..

Plus the iPhone took 5 years of R&D before Apple got it to market. That doesn't come cheap.

Holy crap, I am IMPRESSED. I've seen (and used) all kinds of dodgy Chinese knockoffs in my time but this has got to be by far the most impressive one I've ever seen. It seems to be a complete clone of the iphone and then some, it's almost as if it's what the iphone SHOULD have been AND it's at a price that undercuts most high-end smartphones on the market.
I'll bet the touch screen isn't as advanced and such, but even so, I am sorely tempted...

I want one, just to have around the house to do my internet and calling here and there, doesn't look too bad.

~X

They have different laws in China, and are a lot more lax about counterfeits etc. So I can see them getting away with this.

I would like to know what the software is like - I am sure it is nothing like the iPhone.

unless they figured out a way to copy the iphone software and put it on this device. it is hard to tell from the videos.

You have to wonder why someone would develop a clone so good, and not just make it different enough so it is legitimate.

I bet it is a genuine iPhone that has been altered slightly for this prank.

(Neobond said @ #2.1)
An expensive prank considering you can buy it for a lot less than an iPhone :confused:

This just goes to show that you're paying extra just for the Apple name.....

(Neobond said @ #2.1)
An expensive prank considering you can buy it for a lot less than an iPhone :confused:

It actually has more (and better) features than the iPhone.


Actually, This seems to be the DigitalRise D800i HiPhone... from the product page, it seems to have a removeable battery, memory card slot and dual sim slots hence the term 99% iPhone... Also I think someone may have mentioned it is a little thicker.. probably due to the removeable battery.. More D800i HiPhone Clone Pics Here

(Foub said @ #2.2)

This just goes to show that you're paying extra just for the Apple name.....

your paying extra for an apple phone that even does LESS than the cheaper clone...

i'd say 120% apple clone, the 21% is for all the extra features

(neo_neon said @ #2.4)
Actually, This seems to be the DigitalRise D800i HiPhone... from the product page, it seems to have a removeable battery, memory card slot and dual sim slots hence the term 99% iPhone... Also I think someone may have mentioned it is a little thicker.. probably due to the removeable battery.. More D800i HiPhone Clone Pics Here

so i actually ended up getting the D800i Clone from ChinaGrabber.com (it was a couple bucks less)... very impressed with phone quality... one minor thing is this version only have one sim slot instead of two as stated in the manufacturer's specs... still a good deal on phone....