Hands-on with GooPhone i5c, the $120 iPhone 5c clone running Android

September 18, 2013
Interested in the iPhone 5c, but you can't part ways with Android? At $120, the GooPhone i5c may be an affordable alternative.

Goophone i5C

We’ve talked about GooPhone before. The China-based phone maker made itself famous – and infamous – by releasing accurate clones of popular devices, often ahead of their official release in the market. Some of the victims of GooPhone’s unapologetic pirating include the Galaxy S line, top HTC devices, and the iPhone.

To go with the first reviews of the iPhone 5c that have just started to hit the web, we present you this hands-on video of the GooPhone i5c, an Android-powered device that costs around $120.

Straight out of Shenzhen, the GooPhone i5c features a dual-core MediaTek processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 512MB of RAM, a 4-inch 960 x 540 display, and a 2000 mAh battery. The phone runs Android 4.2 with an iOS 7 skin on top. Naturally, five colors are available at launch.

If you’re wondering why nobody sued GooPhone out of existence, our best guess is “that’s how things go in China”.

Comments

  • MasterMuffin

    I’d buy this over the real one, the amount of effort they must have gone through to make that is ridiculous :D

    • D’Ander McSullivan

      That UI is so accurate… it says no Android anywhere.

      • MasterMuffin

        But does it have Google Play? Because if it does, that’s actually a solid device for anyone looking for a cheap & good smartphone!

        • Ivan Myring

          A lot of Chinese phones come rooted/have their version of Google play, which has a pirated gapps installer

          • MasterMuffin

            So not the real Play Store, but a shady Play Store with 99% chance of getting something “extra” when installing?

          • Ivan Myring

            No, I have done it myself when running Chinese ROMs. No viruses.

          • MasterMuffin

            You sure? The malware doesn’t often come with a sign saying “I’m malware” :)

          • Ivan Myring

            Avast!
            Though now I look at my bank statement, it seems someone has just bought a big TV in Beijing, on me

          • MasterMuffin

            :DDDD

          • paxmos

            Did you hear about the look-a-like competition in China?
            ……Everybody
            won.

        • https://www.amazon.com/author/keithwhitejr Keith White Jr.

          According the the GooPhone website it comes with the real Play Store on it.

          But the GooPhone knock-offs with the actual Apple logos on them? Who knows…

      • RarestName

        The differences are obvious to someone who used iOS for a long time.

        • D’Ander McSullivan

          Obviously there are differences, but you have to admit that skin is quite similar for an Android UI customization.

  • D’Ander McSullivan

    Android? Is… is that you?

    • http://www.AndroidAuthority.com/ Darcy Alexander LaCouvee

      She had to put on a really ugly dress for this party. Oh, wait.

  • http://yellowrex.com YellowRex

    3G: CDMA2110~2125MHz

    :(

    Needs 1700/2100 LTE and DC-HSPA+ for T-Mobile and I would happily buy it for $200.

  • OMGgary

    Gotta love GooPhone and their five different shades of brass neck.

  • Oli72

    If the Goophone comes to USA its over for Apple.

    • promise7

      they can’t, they would get sued. that’s why they stay in china, it’s like a free for all over there.

  • Fantastico

    Interesting. The GooPhone has a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, and the iPhone 5S has a dual-core 1.3GHz processor. I wonder if the GooPhone can match the iPhone’s performance…

    • RarestName

      People reported that the 5s has a 1.7 GHz processor.

      • viaimages

        i thought we were talking about the 5c, not the 5s

        • RarestName

          …and the iPhone 5S has a dual-core 1.3GHz processor.

          -Fantastico

      • Fantastico

        Anandtech discovered the A7 has two cores running at 1.3GHz.

        Source: http://anandtech.com/show/7335/the-iphone-5s-review/2

        • viaimages

          Good find. Thanks for the URL :)

    • Mike Reid

      LOL, No.

      MediaTek is simply inferior to Qualcomm, in performance per core*gigahertz and otherwise.

      • a

        apple does not run qualcomm, they run their own “special” a7 chips.

    • viaimages

      yep, the iPhone 5c is a dual-core 1.3GHz
      http://www.gsmarena.com/apple_iphone_5c-5690.php

  • Sunny

    Fake Iphone & OS NOT upgradeable and lots of hiccups>Poor quality parts ,not repairable and no Service support, sso still worth it??? Haha

    • https://www.amazon.com/author/keithwhitejr Keith White Jr.

      yes

  • Guest

    Dont ever buy fake,they are not usable because not repairable ,nor upgradeable,no service at all.

    • Shikhi

      Like you can upgrade the iPhone 4s’ sensor to 13MP!! or
      increace the RAM to 4GB.. :P

    • https://www.amazon.com/author/keithwhitejr Keith White Jr.

      If it needs repair just buy another one lol.

      DHGate has them for $75 with free shipping

  • Cameron

    When you get these phones, do you just pop a SIM card in? I don’t get how the cell service part works.

  • JordanRamsy

    DaFuq is a GooPhone?

  • markost

    damage that has only 512MB of RAM, 1GB is the minimum for a good flow, but it looks like two drops of water with the iphone 5c

  • PostMaster

    Why the hell don’t you spend more time testing apps instead of scrolling icons. GPS is often borked on these clones. Wifi & BT are weak or broken. Instead of showing any of this you scroll the screen around like an automaton. Woft.

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    Check our ranking of the best 5C clones!

    tinyurl(DOT)com/top5C

  • lorara