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”.


    • 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

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

            • MasterMuffin


            • paxmos

              Did you hear about the look-a-like competition in China?

          • 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

          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

    • 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.


    • 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!


    • lorara