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.
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?