Quad-core 2 GHz CPU, Android 4.2 and $230 price tag: now that’s what we call an iPhone 5 clone!

by: AdrianDecember 19, 2012

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Apple’s iPhone 5 got its fair share of Chinese Android-based clones before and around the time of its release, but since it’s been out there hasn’t been much movement in Shanzhai Land. The Zophone i5 has been the only half decent knock-off to come to our attention in months, and, while that copied iPhone 5’s design by the letter, it didn’t exactly rock the specs of a lifetime.

We don’t want to be mean (oh, alright, we do), but it was like “the thinnest, lightest and fastest iPhone ever” was not worth the efforts anymore – or at least not as much as Samsung’s Galaxy S3 and Note 2.

But forget about all that, because Jingxian has now introduced one of the snappiest clones we’ve seen in a while, and it’s not based on any star in Samsung’s Galaxy, but on Apple’s iPhone 5. The yet unnamed device (though we’re guessing it’ll carry an i5 kind of moniker) is set to come out next month in China for a starting price of $230.

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You probably wouldn’t expect much for just over 200 bucks, but Jingxian’s clone will actually be powered by a whopping quad-core processor clocked at 2 GHz. As dreamy as that sounds, it’ll probably not deliver the real-time performance that a quad-core 1.5 GHz S4 Pro can for instance, being a Mediatek MT6589 CPU based on the older ARM7 architecture.

That’s still pretty decent though, and when you add in the equation the running of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, 1 GB of RAM, and a PowerVR SGX 531 GPU you definitely get a lot more oomph than what you’d traditionally expect from a clone.

We can’t say we’re too excited about the 4-inch 1,135 x 640 pixels resolution display, but hey, the grasshopper had to prove it learned a few tricks from the master, right? The 8 MP rear-facing camera is another common spec between the original and the clone, while on-board storage will range from 8 to 32 GB.

All the other features are kept under wraps for now, but we should find out more soon enough. Now, do you fancy getting one (or two) of these considering that low, low price and pretty nifty set of specs or are your still prejudiced against Chinese clones?

  • Those specs are pretty much fake or maybe the cores are the sum of CPU + GPU cores. This phone is, judging from the rest of the specs, very likely based on the MTK6577 chipset, which comes with a dual core CPU (1 GHz, sometimes overclocked to 1.2 GHz). If it were a quadcore, it would have to be the MTK 6588 or 6589 SoC, but those use the PowerVR SGX 544 GPU instead of the outdated 531 model. I very much assume, that the spec sheet listed above is fake.

    • Nessim

      nice analyse

  • kascollet

    PowerVR SGX531 & Cortex A7 architecture ?
    That’s very dated tech from 2008 :-O

  • forget the specs, if i bought that device, it would run on American networks? I imagine I could change the language to english. what other issues are there with a device thats not made for america?

  • how is it a clone when you make something better, and cheaper?

  • Clone? The iPhone 5 isn’t even quad-core, it’s an Apple A6: dual-core CPU. Know your facts man.

  • Boston

    Where i can buy one?