updated 06:05 pm EST, Fri December 7, 2007
Chinese iPhone knockoff
A new Chinese iPhone knock-off is being sold on the internet, billed as "High quality copy UNLOCKED IPHONE AV-P688 SIMILAR STYPLE IPOD GSM CELL PHONE WITH MP3 MP4 FUNCTION". iTech News Net reports that performing a Google search for the device yields several results for sites that are selling the imitation iPhone. While the iPhone features simplistic finger-driven touch functionality, the doppelganger uses four physically movable buttons surrounding the home button to navigate around the device, and reportedly requires a stylus for the screen. The CECT P168 sells for $200.
While the P168 is merely imitation of the iPhone, some of the features are still impressive. The device features a seven hour talk time with 340 hours standby, and has a built-in two megapixel camera, although some reports say the camera is in actuality 1.3 megapixel. The AV-P688 only comes with 1MB worth of built-in memory, but supports flash cards for storage purposes. The device is also unlocked, so it is not bound to any particular carrier.
The biggest downside about the CECT P168 is that the screen features a screen resolution of 176 x 220 pixels - much lower than the iPhones 320 x 480 160ppi display.