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.

      • 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.

    • http://www.multicorechina.com/ Multicorechina.com

      Check our ranking of the best 5C clones!

      tinyurl(DOT)com/top5C

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