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

by: Bogdan PetrovanSeptember 18, 2013

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”.

  • 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