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Air Phone No.4 clones iPhone 4, FaceTime

updated 04:20 pm EDT, Tue June 29, 2010

Air Phone No.4 a thin clone of the iPhone 4

The first iPhone 4 clone is now out in China, just five days after the original's launch. Called Air Phone NO.4, it's a little thicker, at about 0.37 inches, and is not a smartphone despite copying Apple's icon layout and interface. Twin 0.3-megapixel cameras allow for self-portraits and regular shooting; the company goes so far as to produce a fake FaceTime app.

Inside, it uses an MTK CPU and has a 3.5-inch resistive touchscreen. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are built-in. The handset does not have Chinese support in its available languages, so it may be intended as an export despite its country of origin. The Air Phone NO.4 is now available in China, priced at the equivalent of about $100. [via ClonedinChina]







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  1. chrup

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    Pricey!

    Why would I spend $100 on a piece of junk that I will hate from the second I get it when, for the same price I can get the 3GS and for another $100, I can get the real thing?

  1. legacyb4

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    Joined: May 2001

    +4

    I'm sure

    this will be giving the iPhone some hard competition... (roll eyes)

  1. Bobfozz

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    theft, lack of honesty, trust

    Despite what China says, nothing they say can be trusted. Nothing. To have a clone phone ready so soon means industrial theft many months or more before from the company putting these together for Apple.

    I really would LOVE to see Apple bring back its manufacturing to the USA as it did years ago. Not only helping the economy, bringing in lots of jobs, but scaling and fab plants can bring the prices down on components that are now made overseas. And it wouldn't have to be done in an expensive state such as California. There would also be the elimination of many tariffs. I'm sure more deals could be worked out with government purchases in quantity to keep jobs here in the US instead of outsourcing everything electronic. Shipping costs would plummet (Fedex, cargo containers, etc.)

    And a lot of Americans would jump on THIS bandwagon because it would be American made, not cheap-sh*t Wal-Mart stuff. That would drastically improve sales even more AND we would be the FIRST to come back from overseas (for a large company).

    The Chinese have no intention of buying goods from us and never have, at least not proportionally. Two-faced doesn't even come close to describing their business acumen at all.

    I would think Al Gore would wet his pants over this possibility. BTW, what DOES he bring to Apple's BOD.

  1. testudo

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    Re: Pricey!

    Why would I spend $100 on a piece of junk that I will hate from the second I get it when, for the same price I can get the 3GS and for another $100, I can get the real thing?

    Well, you know you will hate it from the second you got it, you won't be getting it at all, so I wouldn't worry about it.

    Oh, and why would you spend the money? Well, maybe because that isn't $100 for the 3GS, it's $100 plus an ATT lock-in plus a two year ($1400+ total) contract.

    But, seriously, don't worry about it. Anyone buying this wouldn't be buying an iPhone anyway.

  1. iphonerulez

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    Anyone can see that is no "Retina Display" since

    characters are totally pixellated.

    Forget about manufacturing jobs in China or Mexico or Brazil ever coming back to the U.S. It will never happen. American laborers are just too lazy and will demand salaries and health insurance that would break any company, even Apple. Already rumor has it that Apple wants to move to a different facility in China so it doesn't have to pay the higher wages to Foxconn employees. That's just a rumor so I don't know if it's even close to the truth. Still, there'll be very few assembly jobs coming to the States. Those days are long gone.

  1. testudo

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    Re: theft, lack of honesty, trust


    Despite what China says, nothing they say can be trusted. Nothing. To have a clone phone ready so soon means industrial theft many months or more before from the company putting these together for Apple.


    Right. Because there's no other way the device could have slipped out in public. If manufacturing was in the good ol' USA, you know you would be able to trust each and every person with access to the device. None of the assemblers would ever think of selling these secrets. Nor would any of the management, cleaning crew, etc. Americans would never dream of doing any type of industrial espionage.

    And that's the only way anyone could hear about the iPhone 4. Certainly no one would be stupid enough to leave a prototype in a bar where someone else could find it and end up having all the details posted on the internet. That would never happen.

    And the rumor sites would never hear about and report on the phone. We all know those leaks and information all comes from those Chinese at Foxconn!

    And we know the design and layout of the iphone and OS is so special and unique, no one could have even dreamed of starting work on it until WWDC, unless they had inside information. Those Chinese have no intelligence or capability to slap together all this in a two weeks span. It would take them months, if not years, to copy the look of a device like the iPhone!

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    it's not a clone

    Even though I personally don't like the 'product confusion' maybe MAYBE intended here....and I say maybe because even a halfwit can tell this isn't an iPhone - both by the use of the device, by the price and the name - it is certainly not a clone.

    A clone would have an illegal copy of iOS 4 on it, and most certainly should bring down the wrath of all good Apple fans - this, as they say, is a form of flattery.

  1. nat

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    testudo

    you're an a$$

  1. Herod

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    hmmmmm

    the air phone no. 4 or the ePad. decisions, decisions.

  1. wrenchy

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    Joined: Nov 2009

    +1

    Yes BUT...


    Can it run Linux?

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