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Is this Chinese iPhone 5 clone just too good to be true?

It has taken Chinese counterfeiters a surprisingly short amount of time to come up with almost perfect copies of the iPhone 5. They look so similar that one might wonder whether devices like the ZoPhone were actually manufactured on the same lines as Apple’s latest superphone.

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The ZoPhone is one of the better iPhone 5 clones on the market. It uses Google’s Android mobile platform, doesn’t wear Apple’s logo and will cost less than an iPhone 5. However, as Gizchina found out, the chaps behind ZoPhone copied Apple’s design down to pictures of the iPhone 5 stolen from

The phone, presented as the i5, claims to have a 4in display and a 1,136 x 640 resolution, just like the real deal, and is likely to sport the same “Retina display” label.

Other features include a Mediatek MT6577 dual-core SoC clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM, 4GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera, a 1,400mAh battery, a perfect copy of the iPhone’s signature Earbuds and even Apple’s Lighting adaptor and a Siri-lookalike.

Rumours have suggested the Zophone i5 will go on sale for around $200 (£124), which is a fraction of the price of the iPhone 5.

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Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.