Apple’s iPhone 5C Gets the Knockoff Treatment in Japan

Source: what appears to be another sign of the iPhone’s wild popularity in Japan, a Japanese company has recently released an Android-based smartphone that copies the iPhone 5C’s distinctive design, reports CNET. As seen in the official Iosys website image above, the “ioPhone 5” is offered in the same five colors as Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 5C. According to Japanese tech site, the ioPhone 5 became available on Friday, December 20. A video promotion for ioPhone 5 can also be seen below.

The ioPhone 5’s resemblance to the iPhone 5C starts and ends with the brightly-colored plastic shell. Not surprisingly, the ioPhone 5 runs the Android 4.2 operating system instead of Apple’s iOS 7. However, the Japanese knockoff also trails Apple’s mid-range smartphone in every possible technical specification.

As noted by Japan’s website, both devices feature 4-inch LCD screens. However, the ioPhone 5 only has an 854 x 480 pixel resolution at 245 ppi (pixels per inch), while Apple’s iPhone 5C boasts an 1136 x 640 resolution at 326 ppi. The ioPhone 5 camera also lags in photographic capabilities with a 2 megapixels camera instead of the iPhone 5C’s 8 megapixels camera.

Similarly, the ioPhone 5 only has 512MB of RAM and 4GB of built-in storage, as opposed to 1GB of RAM and up to 32GB of storage available on the iPhone 5C. Although the ioPhone 5 appears to be the same size as the iPhone 5C, it is also actually less compact than Apple’s device.

However, the ioPhone 5 does beat Apple’s iPhone 5C in one important respect. According to Iosys, the ioPhone 5 starts at 15,490 yen, or $150, about $400 less than the cost of an unlocked 16GB iPhone 5C. It should be noted that this is not the first time that Apple’s iPhones have been blatantly copied. Chinese manufacturer GooPhone also makes knockoff versions of Apple’s iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S.

Apple’s latest iPhones are huge hits in Japan. According to BCN’s latest list of Japan’s best-selling smartphones, various versions of iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C models currently hold eight of the top ten spots.  Market research company Kantar Worldpanel also found that Apple’s share of the Japanese smartphone market hit 76.1 percent in October.

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