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October 3, 2011 10:17:47 AM

Ok, it is a shanzhai iphone 5. Sorry for making you people, especially Apple fan's hope up:

Apple's iPhone5 has not yet been released but in Fuzhou, Fujian Province, some mobile phone dealers have started selling the shanzhai iphone 5. Fuzhou industrial and commercial administration recently conducted a raid on these dealers and seized a number of shanzhai iphone5 phone which looks up to 90% authentic.

Xinhua reported that law enforcement officers from the Fuzhou Taijiang Bureau of Trade and Industry conducted this raid at a local digital market mall, where they found these phones in display counter and labelled as "latest iPhone5". The phone cost 300 yuan (about $50 USD). These phones are dual sim and have GPS function.

The staff selling these phone told the buyers that these are shanzhai iPhone5, and claim that the phone's cover, component inside and the phone's operation system is copied from iPhone5 with 90% similarity. The back of the phone even have the Apple logo on it. It is known that these phones were manufactured in Shenzhen.

Law enforcement officers search and found box full of phones, but the box nor the phone contains information on the factory producing these phones. There is also no authentication serial on these phones. Evidence suggested that these phones are produced in violation of Apple's copyright, and the law enforcement officer seize 61 shanzhai iPhone5.

Fuzhou Taijiang Bureau of Trade and Industry advice buyers to not buy these phones. These phones
has many flaws including low responsiveness of the OS, blurry camera and connectivity problem.

Apple last week sent a letter to invite the media to participate in a press conference next week, experts expect details on iPhone5 will be released.

Source: http://iservice.libertytimes.com.tw/liveNews/news.php?n... (in Chinese)

Comment: Well, I know it is often to find shanzhai phone in China, so this in not much of a news. Still it is nice to know shanzhai iPhone is not as good as the real iPhone and they are plagued with problems.

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October 3, 2011 10:57:49 AM

No matter whatever happens, never trust Chinese people.
They can even release i-phone 6 tomorrow itself..!!
October 3, 2011 11:16:03 AM

That's right, never trust me. A bit too much stereotype to say never trust Chinese people isn't it?

It is bad to make counterfeit goods, which is a complete rip off and a lot Chinese are against it.
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October 3, 2011 11:26:10 AM

Ah, that wasn't what I meant dude, I was just saying that they have reached so far, that they can do anything overnight.
No offense, and I never knew that you belong there.
To be honest, I appreciate what they do, I am a huge fan of Martial Arts, a chinese originated defense technique. And I watch chinese movies often.
Nothing personal..!!
October 3, 2011 11:44:11 AM

Yeah all Chinese people are good at maritial arts and maths too ...

... just not any of the ones I know.

/facepalm

:) 
October 3, 2011 11:47:30 AM

Yeah, the factories can pretty much mimic everything, but of course the inside working of the device is going to be completely different and in a bad way for shanzhai phone.

Unfortunately, the fast economic growth in mainland Chinese due to open market and capitalism does not make everyone rich. Along with capitalism, consumerism is also spreading and many of the poorer mainland Chinese desire item they cannot afford. Therefore, counterfeit stuff exist to deceive the people as well as violating the copyright of the international companies which helps to drive mainland China's growth.

@reynod

Imagine Bruce Lee fighting Chuck Norris while he is making those goofy sound, but instead he is actually reciting the decimal numbers in pi.
October 3, 2011 11:59:23 AM

Pyree said:
Yeah, the factories can pretty much mimic everything, but of course the inside working of the device is going to be completely different and in a bad way for shanzhai phone.

Unfortunately, the fast economic growth in mainland Chinese due to open market and capitalism does not make everyone rich. Along with capitalism, consumerism is also spreading and many of the poorer mainland Chinese desire item they cannot afford. Therefore, counterfeit stuff exist to deceive the people as well as violating the copyright of the international companies which helps to drive mainland China's growth.

@reynod

Imagine Bruce Lee fighting Chuck Norris while he is making those goofy sound, but instead he is actually reciting the decimal numbers in pi.


The only thing is, that they are too supersticious (hope I spelled it correctly).
If they leave these superstitions, they can go beyond any other's imaginations.
Sorry if i was rude on the 1st post (but trust me, I wasn't)..!!
October 3, 2011 12:09:02 PM

It ok, people do that, including myself sometimes. But I am careful on this forum and reread before I click submit and avoid it. Stereotype can never be stamped out. I blame the media not you.
October 3, 2011 1:05:25 PM

Ai, my company supplied a piece of kit to a chinese company, reported a maintenance fault, and when we arrived, there were two machines there.

Expected us to get both working too. -_-
October 3, 2011 1:07:29 PM

Can you tell which one is the original and which one is a clone?
October 3, 2011 2:17:02 PM

Honestly I played with the i-phone and it doesn't impress ... the Samsung Galaxy II though ... that is a beast.

It is so good my other phones just go silent in it's presence ...

So fast and slick.

The apple feels, runs and looks like a cheap clone.

October 3, 2011 2:30:08 PM


I never understood what could cause such a craze among people to .... a phone.
October 3, 2011 2:35:08 PM

Good advertising and a social status thing in China. If you can afford them, you are considered wealthy in China. You should see my cousin from mainland China travel to Hong Kong just to buy ipad 2 and he already has a laptop and a smart phone.
October 3, 2011 2:44:44 PM

I honestly would never want to live in China for fear of being killed if I said anything bad about the government. It is incredibly corrupt over there and two people I know over there say its very unstable and there have been mass riots quite a bit where hes from. Hongkong seems to be the only safehaven over there but to be honest, even that city seems to have major corruption. Look at all the coverups if you dont believe me, the whole posioning of milk and baby formula; Scary stuff for sure.
October 3, 2011 2:52:25 PM

You will be fine to criticise the government in place like at home or in a restaurant as causal chat. Just don't organise mass protest and campaign and don't spread it on the internet or newspaper and scale the thing up to a group of people. Tiananmen is still a taboo for the government there, so they really watch out for big group of people. All of the major quality scandal happens in mainland China. There is no major corruption in Hong Kong. But freedom is diminishing there.
October 3, 2011 3:20:22 PM

i wish i buaght one of those $50 for a fake phone is money well spent
October 3, 2011 3:25:05 PM

What is wrong with these phone is the violation of copyright. If they are not, it really isn't that bad to get a toy phone for $50.

I think the factory producing these fake phone should concentrate on the high-tech toy market and gradually develop their own product. I remember there is a company making a Loongson based netbook with linux in it. No violation of copyright and because it is so cheap and primitive, many programmers buy them as a toy just to make their own driver and stuff on it. Don't rally understand what they can do on it, but they say they can do a lot on it (sorry I am not an IT professional so I don't really understand what they are doing).
October 3, 2011 3:39:59 PM

I already translated the original Chinese article to English (the main article of this thread) with google translate assistance and conversion of the price to a more familiar currency.

Lemote netbook made by YeeLoong:

http://www.linux-netbook.com/lemote-yeeloong-8089
http://www.osnews.com/story/21530

Official site:

http://www.lemote.com/en/products/Notebook/2010/0310/11...

really bad English translation thou.

Oh, ok. Bios, kernel and drivers are all open. No wonder why programmers like to play with them.
October 3, 2011 3:49:45 PM

ooo then never mind that.

sorry to get of the topic but how much does it cost.
October 3, 2011 3:51:40 PM

I have to dig deeper. Wait for it.

It turn out to be very easy to find. They are only about $150.
October 3, 2011 4:00:12 PM

you might aswell get a Cheap android.

the company that has the fake iphones could just backwards engineer them and call them something else
October 3, 2011 4:24:44 PM

I doubt the factory that makes those fake phone reverse engineer. They just make them look like the real product. Reverse engineering is wrong (unless for education), but it actually means better product. I don't see the shanzhai phone company wants to R&D.
October 3, 2011 4:41:48 PM

microsoft did it and they are successful
October 3, 2011 4:49:24 PM

I think you misread what I wrote. At least MS reverse engineer. Those company I doubt they reverse engineer. They are most likely just copy the new iPhone 5 shell and reuse old design on the inside from like the fake iPhone 1. No R&D at all.
October 3, 2011 4:53:12 PM

my mistake
October 3, 2011 4:56:36 PM

The way these companies are going will ensure their elimination down the road. I am not sure if it is a good thing or a bad thing.

Good because they are no longer copying stuff and producing bad product.

Bad because there are many factories like that in mainland China and that means a lot of people will be out of job.
October 6, 2011 8:28:57 AM

But the real one are all made in China, so good luck looking for one made in Brazil (Foxconn in Brazil makes iphone 4 and may be, they can make iphone 5 there) or don't buy one at all.
October 8, 2011 5:22:24 AM

I am Chinese so I think my design counts.

If I am going to design a phone, I am going to have Window 8/ubuntu dual boot on it with a quad core AMD APU, 4GB system RAM, proprietary micro DDR3 upgradable to 16GB. Capable of playing 1080p 3D video with mini display port output.

6 inch 1920x1080 glassesless 3D, tempered glass screen, brushed aluminium case, where some area is bumpy to act as cooling surface, for even heat distribution and dispersal Enlarged rubber rounded corner for drop protection. Dock for expansion function and extra ports (sata II, pcie 3.0, usb 3.0, lightpeak- the real one with FO not copper, gigabit LAN), and patented mechanism to clamp the phone's case for external heatsink and fan cooling, lightpeak (the real FO connection, not the slow copper Apple current have) interface to pcie 3.0 x16 physical, electrical and bandwidth for hybrid crossfire or dedicated gpu. Bios unlocked for overclocking!!

GPS, dual sim, 4G, wifi n, bluetooth 3.0, usb 3.0, multi-touch screen, dual 12MP camera with xenon and LED flash on back, dual 2MP on front + LED for taking HD 3D pictures, video and conference. Voice recognition, 3 axis motion sensor supporting tab/vibration control and auto screen orientation, ambient light sensor. Stylus pen snug into body.

64GB ssd for storage support up to 2 micro SDXC card in raid 0, 1 and 10 (major software and controller needed here to give raid support), 2.1 speaker, 3.5mm audio jack. Wireless recharge and removable carbon nano tube battery.

Certified with International Protection Rating in the highest possible level in dust, liquid, impact and drop test.

Imagine that and sell for $199. This phone is so dreamy!
October 8, 2011 1:27:44 PM

Pyree I'll take 6 of these.

Please get mine build with an onboard tesseractor to remove heat from the CPU / GPA and transmit this to the sole of my shoe.

P.S. I don't want you drinking that Mother energy drink anymore ... your starting to sound like randomizer just before he has exams.

:) 
October 8, 2011 1:46:26 PM

Oh, you gave me better idea. No, putting heat to the sole of your shoe is a waste. Thermoelectric casing to harvest the waste heat back to battery for greater energy efficiency.

I didn't drink any energy drink. Although I did inhale a waft of coffee steam this morning. I guess either I get more stimulated than Sheldon on coffee or I am planning on a phone like that in my brain subconsciously without my knowledge. :D 
October 8, 2011 1:53:57 PM

Eventually we will all be chipped subdermally and wifi'd into the great cloud.

On-line gaming should be good but you will need to have your eyes closed and be stationally or risk vertigo and vomiting.

Performance will all be about synaptic processing.

Later on you should be able to access other people's dreams.

As a pychotherapist I am a bit worried about that.

:) 
October 8, 2011 2:22:13 PM

Happened to me. In the time when Crysis is most popular, I played just a bit too much. I tough I could jump off from a steep bank into a dried creek about 2m tall without any pain. Hey, in Cysis, you select maximum armour and a cool voice says "maximum armour" and you survive fall from buildings. I jumped and it hurts like hell.

The sub-dermal integration of computing device into human nervous system will be very nice for gaming I expect, but scary. I remember there is a French movie about what you talk about. In the future, games are so real, that a player die in a game actually thinks they are dead and physiologically, the body shuts down and die in real life. It was on SBS before.

Can't remember the title of the movie. Try Wolframalpha searching for this:

"I need to know the name of a French movie where video game players actually die in real life if they die in the game because the game is so real."

Wolframalpha server is unavailable.

I need Watson.

I guess we are not getting that implant any time soon, with our crappy technology now.
September 19, 2012 12:53:13 PM

@Reynod

Do you really own a Sansung Galaxy II? Do you really like it? I've been eye balling one myself.
September 19, 2012 3:26:26 PM

Apple and the iPhone can go suck it...

I totally enjoy my Galaxy tab (3G streaming SiriusXM on it right now) and plan on swapping my Razr for a Galaxy Note 2 when my contract is up for renewal in a month or so...

APPLE CAN SUCK IT!!!!!!
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