Fake iPhone 4 is freakishly similar to real iPhone 4
Would you believe this isn’t a real iPhone 4? This freakishly accurate counterfeit is called the SoPhone, and the enclosure is so precise that it fits into all existing iPhone 4 cases. Not only does the outside look identical to the iPhone 4, it’s apparently running a customized version of Android that is themed to look and feel practically identical to iOS.
Perhaps the only thing that gives this away as a counterfeit is the screen resolution, which at 480×320 is the same resolution as the iPhone 3GS and not the real iPhone 4’s 960×640 retina display. Oh, and the price of course, which at $225 is about $500 cheaper than what a ‘real’ iPhone 4 will set you back on the Chinese grey market.
So remember those white iPhone 4’s for sale all over China? Yea, you might want to skip those since the chance of getting your hands on a real one is likely slim…
More pictures of the phone, UI, and a video of it in use next to a legit iPhone 4 below:
Features of iOS are replicated very closely, here’s the Cover Flow iPod interface replicated:
The Maps feature too:
Notes doesn’t have the craziest UI experience so I imagine counterfeiters didn’t have too much trouble with that part:
More UI elements:
And of course the camera:
Here’s a video showing the fake iPhone 4 being used next to a legit iPhone 4 (complete with totally awesome Chinese pop music):
So what can you learn from this? Don’t buy what you think is an iPhone from China maybe? Fake or not you have to be impressed with the attention to detail the counterfeiters did here. I imagine Apple is less than happy about these pseudo-iPhone’s existing, but it’s notoriously difficult to stop counterfeit production in China, so what will they do?