Purported low-cost iPhone model spotted; Jelly Bean knockoff packs Snapdragon 600 CPU, sells for $199

July 6, 2013
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 Low-cost iPhone - Basic Bear

Low-cost iPhone-based Basic Bear knockoff | Image Credit: Techdy

The low-cost iPhone has reportedly been spotted, with a peripherals maker revealing design details for the device in an in-house produced video – but there’s a twist: an Android-running smartphone has already been adapted to fit inside that iPhone chassis.

According to Techdy, which had access to actual hardware, the low-cost iPhone that Apple is supposedly going to launch later this year looks like the device shown in the image below (also see video below). The handset seems to match a device spotted in similarly leaked photos that have been recently posted by a different publication.

Low-cost iPhone

Purported Low-cost iPhone | Image Credit: Techdy

We’re apparently looking at a 4-inch device that resembles more or less the iPhone 5. A Lightning port is also present, but the case is not made of aluminum. Instead, it’s plastic, with the company showing a white version of the device. According to Techdy, the device doesn’t feel cheap, although it’s too early to see this particular iPhone design confirmed.

The low-cost iPhone is rumored to be available in a variety of other colors once it launches, including red, green, blue and yellow – or at least these are the colors that appeared in a different leak, alongside a white version.

But Techdy went a step further, building an Android handset inside this leaked low-cost iPhone case. The resulting handset is called Basic Bear, which will retail for just $199 unlocked. The low-cost iPhone is rumored to sell for over $300 off-contract.

The low-cost iPhone-based handset will feature a 4-inch display with 1136 x 640 resolution, 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 2-megapixel front-facing camera with 1080p HD video recording, 2300mAh battery, Qi wireless charging support, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean running the show. Since we’re at it, we’ll also remind you that you’ll be able to customize Android in order for it to look like iOS 7.

A Bear Pro looking like the HTC One is also listed on the site and packs a 4.7-inch display, microSD card support and pretty much the same specs found in the Bear Basic version. But it retails for $249. Both models will start shipping on July 31 according to the company.

Comments

  • Cal Rankin

    It’s already better than the iPhone 5

    • MasterMuffin

      And 1/3 of its price!

    • CiMO

      indeed.

      • chris

        Quite

  • crickcrick

    $199 seems too good to be true for the specs on offer and when things seem to good to be true they usually are.

    • Patrick Richardson

      Yea, but they had tiny holes where they would have gone.

    • Lisandro O Oocks

      It’s not gonna be LTE. you can count on that

  • Grman Rodriguez

    Is it me or that bugdet iphone casing didnt have side buttons?

    • kascollet

      Yes. That’s odd.

  • CiMO

    For once a good move from Apple. Not that I’m planning to buy one, but because it’s going to make Nokia ‘s CEO look even worse if this phone generates profits.

    • Lisandro O Oocks

      Cannot wait for a lumia knock off

  • monkeypox69

    LOL of course the plastic iPhone won’t get any criticism, but any plastic Android device is called “cheap feeling”.

    • Andreas Polycarpou

      Yeah this is a 199 phone not a 600 dollar one…

      • Nikolay Dimitrov

        If the new plastic iphone costs 200 I think the metal one will die off

        • Andreas Polycarpou

          No.. I think that if

          • Nikolay Dimitrov

            if……

  • Jun Hong

    The Article said $19 I was going nuts.

  • Iliyan Conev

    Once again Apple steal others ideas Where is the innovate?

    • Lisandro O Oocks

      Innovating isn’t everything. Not in business, not in technology. Apple knows that, Bear Pro knows that. Get real.

  • Luka Mlinar

    Still a better lovestory than twilight.

  • Tanimal

    Why would an iPhone run Android?

    • kascollet

      Read the article again dude.

  • kascollet

    How can they fit a big Snapdragon and a 2300 mah battery in such a tiny device ?
    If true, it would be the one and only high end SMALL Android phone !
    I switched to the iPhone mostly because of the size.
    I could be back to Android just for a phone like this one.

    • Brian barley

      I bet it gets bloody hot when doing intensive tasks though

  • mills

    I wanna buy that Bear Basic phone ^_^

  • http://yellowrex.com YellowRex

    I actually like that knockoff. It’s a real shame it doesn’t have the 1700 MHz HSPA+ band for T-Mobile. Or that T-Mobile’s 1900 MHz coverage isn’t better in my area. It’s really patchy.

    • Cal Rankin

      especially since any T-Mobile MVNO sells data on the cheap

  • ayjay

    All the goodness of Android and plethora of cases made for iPhone sounds real nice for $199.

    • Cal Rankin

      You think someone’ll make a 30-pin to microUSB adapter so people can put this in an iPod dock?
      Also, what gets me is that the off-contract price of this phone is the same as the iPhone 5 on contract.

  • Andrew F Sheehan

    Sorry but I don’t see Crapple running android on a more affordable device to the consumer. i just don’t. I know there is a Goo iphone 5 knock off running android but, to have it being official, I don’t think so. You know how much of a Sh!t storm that will cost Apple if they did that? Even though, I don’t like apple, It just doesn’t seem realistic to me.

    • Jaime Larios

      You need to read again the article. The one running Android is a knock off, called bear basic.

    • Apple_Nexus

      Should it really be a surprise that not only do you resort to childish name calling but you also have an issue with reading comprehension?

      Apple are not selling an android phone, not now, not ever!

  • mokomokomokomokomoko

    actually the title is misleading.

  • Dreaming

    S600? JB? 200$? Holy shit, I’m in.

  • Rooney-

    Oh! The “premium” plastic iphone!

  • box14380

    I’m a kind of laughing or just feeling excited to see a iPhone running Jellybean 4.2 or 4.3. flooding in the market.

    It’s really exciting to happen in the near future a mutual agreement of Apple and Google to produce something spectacular phone.

    This time around I must choose to buy iPhone device running Android software. :)

    That is really cool. And it will be a storm to other Android OEMs.

  • GeneralmotorsGravytrain

    Pretty stupid to have a fake iPhone. As stupid as buying a fake Mercedes Benz or Porsche. If a person can’t afford the real deal what’s the point of getting a knock-off. It just makes the person a fake wannabe. Are there that many wannabe iPhone owners out there? I always thought people bought Android smartphones because that’s what the salespeople tell them to buy so they can get their commission. Most consumers wouldn’t know from an OS if they fell over one. How does one go about marketing a smartphone that looks like an iPhone yet runs some fake OS? What’s the point? Who really wants a Porsche with a Kia engine? That’s so sick. About as stupid as buying a genuine iPhone and putting a Samsung logo on it. I sure hope Apple sues this company into oblivion if they’re really putting Apple logos on some crap Android device.

    • Guest37284719

      Actually, idgaf what people think it is. Just by looking at the specs and price, i’d defo get a phone like that. Now if only I knew about the GPU…

    • Guest

      For me I don’t care if it looks like an iphone/htc. Snapdragon 600? 200$ is a steal.

  • cas_e

    Hmm, I think when they release this low-cost iPhone I will buy it and try iOS for a while. My Galaxy Nexus is soooo slow now :/

    • garren

      it’s run with android not ios, it’s an android iphone.

      • kascollet

        READ the article !

      • cas_e

        I was obviously talking about the actual rumoured iOS device, not the cheap knockoff.

  • Selene

    If you believe this, you’re an idiot and deserve to be scammed.

    Both are bad photoshops. Logos are pasted onto badly-compressed photos of existing phones that are not Bears. 3 weeks before shipping, but noone has seen real ones, either photograpped or on camera? GTFO.

  • Guest37284719

    Both bear basic n bear pro are running Adreno 320 GPU – confirmed by Techdy.

    • Vicky

      u said confirmed by techdy….bro can u pls let me know where u read or heard this confirmation by techdy. Actually i too love to have one bear pro but don’t have any clue about the brand or techdy co.

  • Vicky

    Do anyone have idea or clue about the authenticity of techdy. Trustable brand or not…?