updated 07:39 pm EST, Sat December 14, 2013
iPhone 5c clone shows up in Japan
A Japanese phone maker is taking a whole page from Apple's design book, copying almost exactly the look of the iPhone maker's iPhone 5c. Kodawarisan pointed out Iosys' ioPhone5 on Saturday, revealing images of a multicolored line of Android-powered devices that mimic the look of Apple's "unapologetically plastic" mid-range smartphone. So devoted was Iosys in its mimicry that the placement of the ioPhone's logo and regulatory information match those of the iPhone 5c exactly.
Iosys' marketing materials for the device even appear to follow in Apple's footsteps, with the five color options - also similar to Apple's offerings - arrayed in the same way they are in Apple's promotional images. Also similar to Apple's style are the placement of the volume controls and what appears to be the device's lock button.
As Apple has done with the iPhone 5c, Iosys is touting the color options available with the ioPhone.
The lookalike device has a four-inch display, as does Apple's iPhone, but it only outputs at 854 x 480, much lower than the Retina display packed into the 5c. Inside, the ioPhone packs a dual-core MTK6572 processor, 4GB of storage, and 512MB of RAM. It runs Android 4.2, and Iosys appears to have ceased its mimicry with the look of the operating system.
The iPhone clone - which is by no means the first to imitate Apple - will be released on December 20, and pre-orders are now live. The low-end Android phone will sell for 15,490 yen.