China has churned up a fake iPhone 5 called Hero H2000+. It replicates the look and feel of the original (to some extent) and runs Android OS version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Scambook gave the phone a quick video review concluding that the “H2000+ could still be considered a reasonable alternative.”
The Hero H2000+ has a cheap plastic construction, features a 4-inch screen with 800 x 480 pixel resolution, an earphone jack at the top, a Micro USB port on bottom, and weighs 3.6 ounces (around 100 grams).
Its battery is removable, and it seems it has room for two SIM cards. LTE functionality is not present, but 3G is enabled, according to the reviewers.
Like the iPhone 5, the H2000+ has an 8.0 mega pixel camera with 720p video recording capability, but something tells us that the optics are not as advanced.
Software-wise, the knockoff uses Android Ice Cream Sandwich as its operating system, which includes, Google Maps, a music player, WiFi capabilities and an FM Radio Receiver, according to the specs sheet.
The logic board is said to house a 1.5GHz Dual-Core MTK6577 processor, based on the system specifications listed by the vendor.
In the box, customers will find “Ear Buds,” a USB Cable, a charger plug, two batteries (nice touch), a screen protector (an even nicer touch), and a micro-fiber chamois for wiping the phone when it gets dirty.
The phone retails for $189.99 / €150 contract-free, or as much as the original iPhone 5 with a two-year carrier plan.
iPhone knockoffs running Google’s Android operating system have become a common sight with every new iPhone iteration coming out of Cupertino, California.
Those who know the difference wouldn’t think twice about choosing the original over the fake, but there are also low-budget pockets with a desire to carry around something that looks like it’s been designed by Jony Ive, so expect the Chinese vendor to ship quite a few units of the H2000+.