Just two days after the Samsung Galaxy S5 was announced, GooPhone unveiled a clone of the device, the GooPhone S5. While the specs were obviously not the same, the outer-look of the device was actually pretty close to the real deal. Now a few weeks away from the official announcement of the all-new HTC One (previously known as the HTC M8), and GooPhone has attempted to clone the next HTC One as well. This time around, however, they seem to have done a less-than-stellar job.
Looking at the GooPhone M8, it is pretty obvious the device is more aesthetically similar to the original HTC One. While previous leaks have made it clear that the new HTC One will have a dual-camera on the back and front on-screen keys, the GooPhone M8 has a single camera and capacitive keys.
We find the lack of copying accuracy from GooPhone a bit out of character, especially considering they have cloned iPhones ahead of their official releases on more than one occasion, and yet they got everything pretty much spot on by following the rumor mill.
As for the actual specs? The GooPhone M8 features a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6692 SoC, 1GB RAM, a full HD 5-inch display, a 5MP front cam, 12.6MP rear cam, 16GB storage, microSD, HSPA support, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and a 2800 mAh battery. There’s also Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
The GooPhone M8 is in stock right now for $229.99, which makes us wonder if they actually started ‘designing’ this handset way ahead of the more recent leaks that show us the real differences between the new HTC One and the old HTC One. We guess that’s what happens when you jump the gun.
GooPhone’s usual target is folks who want to rock the latest design but are looking to save a few bucks while doing it, or for those that are traveling abroad but still what a device that looks ‘cutting-edge’ without the risk involved with carrying such a device around. With that in mind, we wouldn’t be too surprised if GooPhone goes back to the drawing board and announces the all-new GooPhone One sometime in the next few weeks in order to address the obvious design mistakes made when cloning the M8 the first time around.